Stay Safe While Beating the Heat

It’s summer in the Central Valley and that means finding fun ways to beat the heat is necessary! For many local families it’s become a tradition to visit pools and lakes each year to help cool off, but unfortunately, this is also the time of year many children suffer from water-related accidents and/or overexposure to the sun.

 We want to make sure everyone has a fun and safe summer so we found a  few tips to help keep you and your family safe while beating the heat:

#1 Review the basics

Water related activities are a great way to cool off from the intense Central Valley heat. But before you grab your swimsuits and head to the lake or pool it’s important to review the basics of water safety.

 A fun way to prepare children for summer fun is to visit the Water Safety Council of Fresno County website and download their free water safety coloring book. Be sure to review each safety tip with your little ones after they’ve finished coloring.

 # 2 Protect yourself

Extended sun exposure can be extremely harmful to your health, especially for those of us with fair skin and hair. To protect against ultraviolet rays use wide brimmed hats and protective clothing to help shield skin from the sun. Remember to drink plenty of water to help prevent dehydration and don’t forget the sunscreen! Be sure to use SPF 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours while in the sun.

 # 2 Be Prepared

Learn CPR in case an accident does happen. Kids, especially toddlers are quick! It takes just a second of not paying attention for an accident to happen. Get CPR certified.

Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. When performed correctly, CPR can save a child’s life by restoring blood flow to the heart, brain, and other organs and restoring breathing until advanced life support can be given by health care providers. There are at on of organizations that offer CPR classes locally. Log on to CPR Fresno to find out more.  We provided a quick study handout below to print out and keep at home.

For more information on summer protection for kids, check out this article from WebMD.

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