Summer Heat Safety Tips for Kids

By A. Noelle

For many of us, especially those on the West Coast, this summer is proving to be incredibly hot and dry. So, we’re sharing a short list of safety reminders for families to keep in mind when enjoying vacations outdoors.

  • Never leave your children or pets in a locked car. The temperature inside the vehicle can quickly rise to 120 degrees F.
  • Drink lots of fluids! Keep your kids hydrated, and avoid drinks with caffeine (or alcohol, for your 21+ kids).
  • Dress your kids up in loose-fitted and lightweight clothing. Avoid dark colors that can absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Try to avoid any strenuous activities or exercise during the hottest part of the day, especially during heat waves. If possible, reschedule outdoor activities for cooler days.
  • If your kids are playing outside, have them take frequent breaks.
  • When out with your kids, you can find relief from the heat by visiting libraries, theaters, or shopping malls that have adequate air conditioning.
  • If your child experiences heat cramps, quickly move to a cooler area to rest. Lightly stretch the muscle, and have your child drink half a glass (4 oz.) of cool water every 15 minutes.
  • If you notice signs of heat exhaustion in your child, move to a cool place and remove or loosen any tight-fitting clothing. Spray cool water or apply cold, wet cloths or towels on your child’s skin. Fanning your child and giving small amounts of cool water to sip slowly may also help.
  • ALWAYS CALL 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if your child shows any life-threatening signs, such as vomiting or losing consciousness.

Visit the American Red Cross site for more tips and information on heat exhaustion.

Photo: David Castillo Dominici


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