Heat Stroke Safety and Prevention

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We are well within the dog days of summer, some of the hottest days of the year. Days filled with being outside, playing in pools/sprinklers, and eating ice cream. But heat stroke is a real threat, especially for the young and elderly.

Sadly, we hear all too often of a small child dying in a hot car. Property Casualty 360 has a good list of reminders and suggestions to help prevent this kind of tragedy, including:

  • Have a gentle reminder, something in your front seat that reminds you to look in your back seat (such as a teddy bear or child’s shoe). Or, place some of your items in the back with the child (such as a cell phone or purse).
  • Keep track of your car keys to help prevent a small child from accessing the car without your knowledge.
  • Act to save a life. If you see a child alone in a hot car, alert the authorities.

The Mayo Clinic has some more general suggestions that are appropriate for all ages, including:

  • Take extra precautions with certain medications, especially those that can “affect your body’s ability to stay hydrated or dissipate heat.”
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

How do you stay cool during the hottest parts of the day/summer?

Posted on: August 1st, 2017 at 5:05pm by Laura Abrams. Filed under: Safety
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