THE BRONX - It's the official start of summer, and News 12 has some tips to keep you safe this season.
Climbing temperatures and more time outdoors can increase many health risks. The Children's Hospital at Montefiore says 10 people die each day from drowning, and more than 600 die each year from exposure to excessive heat.
Parents are reminded that they shouldn’t assume a child is safe with swimming aids like floaties, and that kids can drown in as little as one inch of water.
Everyone is encouraged to protect against the sun by wearing protective clothing and hats, choosing a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays at an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapplying it every two hours.
It’s also important to stay hydrated as the weather heats up. The city’s Water-On-the-Go program will help by rotating portable drinking fountains throughout more than 20 different public spaces citywide through the end of summer.