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Friday, May 20, 2011

It's Getting Hot Out There!

• Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days. The SPF should be at least 15. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen - about one ounce per sitting for a young adult. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
• Make sure the life jacket is the right size for your child. The jacket should not be loose. It should always be worn as instructed with all straps belted. Blow-up water wings, toys, rafts, and air mattresses should never be used as life jackets or life preservers
• Five gallon buckets pose a drowning hazard for young children, especially those between 7 years and 15 months of age.
• Before prolonged physical activity, the child should be well-hydrated. During the activity, periodic drinking should be enforced, eg, each 20 minutes, 5 oz of cold tap water or a flavored sports drink for a child weighing 88 lbs, and 9 oz for an adolescent weighing 132 lbs, even if the child does not feel thirsty. Avoid caffeine, it dehydrates the body.
• In the event of a power outage/rotating blackout, consider going to a cool public building, or driving in an air-conditioned vehicle.
• Cars get hot fast! In 2008, at least 42 children across the United States died from heat stroke caused by being left or trapped in a vehicle.

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