Some "Do's" and "Don't's" to Stay Safe During the Summer Heat!

Today marks the 5th straight day the Boston area has seen temperatures soar well into the 90’s. With this extended heat wave comes plenty of great opportunity to enjoy local beaches, swimming pools, boating activities, and parks. With all the fun potential activities that the summer months can bring out, the sun and scorching heat conditions can also pose serious dangers and risks to all ages. While it’s easy to experience summer fun in numerous places throughout Boston, it’s even easier to read up and understand basic tips to stay safe and cool during the hot summer days. Below is a list of DO’s and DON’T’s courtesy of the City of Somerville, Massachusetts.

-          DO drink lots of water and sport drinks
-          DO wear loose fitting, light weight, light colored clothing
-          DO check on elderly people
-          DO use SPF-15 (or higher) sun block and wear a hat
-          DO rest often in shady areas
-          DO go to an air conditioned place; such as a shopping mall during severe heat
-          DO listen to the news and the public announcements for heat advisories

-          DON’T underestimate the seriousness of heat-related emergencies
-          DON’T leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle
-          DON’T drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages
-          DON’T stay in the hot weather if you feel sick
-          DON’T overexert yourself or work outside without taking breaks

-          DON’T hesitate to call EMS and seek medical attention