Take Precautions – and Enjoy the Season!

Heat-related illness occurs when the body’s temperature-control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years old are at greatest risk. Even young, healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. The best defense is prevention;

  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Schedule outdoor activities for morning and evening hours.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Seek medical care immediately if someone has symptoms of heat related illness.

Just a few serious sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. Choose clothing that covers skin and helps protect against UV rays. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you or your child go outside

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention