How to keep your children safe in the summer heat

People are ready for the summer and children are venturing outdoors into the heat. The main things to remember before heading outside is to be prepared.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2021, 12:40 PM

Updated 1,045 days ago

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As the weather continues to warm up, we have tips on how to keep your children safe in the summer heat.
"I'm really excited that we're going to go to the pool, go to the park," says Ariella, a city resident. "I love going outside because the air is fresh, the trees are so beautiful, and the flowers are blooming at this time."
People are ready for the summer and children are venturing outdoors into the heat. The main things to remember before heading outside is to be prepared. Remember to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home as well. Also, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.
"Heat waves can cause ill effects in children including heat exhaustion, heat stroke and heat cramps. It is important for parents to be cognizant of the dangers of heat waves," says Dr. Ninad Desai, a pediatrician.
The most important tip - don't leave children unattended outside, especially inside vehicles.
"884 children have died since 1998 till now because of vehicular heat stroke and these are all preventable deaths," Dr. Desai says.
And if children receive too much sun, "They should be brought to the emergency room because they will need IV hydration and even cooling down of the body temperature."
With these tips in mind, parents plan on letting children enjoy the summer.
"Most of the children play in the water park, so stay there. Stay in the shade, of course, but get them out let them get some fresh air," says parent Anastasia Duvell.


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