Summer is upon us. It is time to lather on the sunblock and enjoy some fun adventures in the sun. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities. With the right preparation, summertime can be a safe and relaxing time for you and your family.
Whether you have young children or teens, it is important to understand how to keep your family safe while you are traveling and enjoying a break from school. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started on the path to safe summer fun!
Seek Some Shade to Beat The Heat
Summer is extremely hot, especially in the UAE. If you decide to spend the day by the pool or at the beach, be prepared and take plenty of breaks in the shade.
When the body temperature control system is overwhelmed, heat-related illness occurs (dehydration and heat stroke). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), children up to 4 years of age are at the most risk of suffering from these heat related illnesses (upwards of 40% of global drowning victims).
Be sure to dress properly for the upcoming day. Consider how long you will be outside in the sun. If you are going to spend time in the extreme heat and sun, wear light-colored, lightweight clothing whenever possible. Remember your hats, sunglasses and umbrellas to produce shade and to protect your face from direct sunlight.
Sunscreen and Shade
Plan ahead for your day. Schedule your outdoor adventures according to the heat, planning activities for morning and evening hours. Whenever possible, avoid direct sunlight during daylight peak hours. If you are going to be in the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen liberally.
Wear a sunblock of at least SPF 30 to protect from harmful UV rays. This is particularly true in coastal areas and while you are swimming in the water. Although you may feel cooler in these environments, your body is more susceptible to suffering from a sunburn near bodies of water.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
The human body is comprised of 75 percent water. Most of this water is located within your cells. Your body needs water to function and survive. Water helps the body regulate its core temperature, promotes kidney function to remove toxins, lubricates joints and muscles, helps avoid kidney stones, and much more.
Drink plenty of water to keep your body properly hydrated. In fact, according to the WHO, you should be drinking at least two to four glasses (.50 liters – 1.0 liters) of water each hour when you are outside in the hot sun.
Signs of dehydration include:
- Dark urine
- Headaches and muscle cramps
- Less urination
The trick is to start out hydrated. If you know you will be out in the sun, be sure to start off your day with plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks.
Make a Splash With Water Safety!
What better way to enjoy summer fun than with a cool dip in the community pool, or visit to the local splash pad or water park? Water activities keep people of all ages feeling refreshed, all season long. While playing in the water is an excellent way to have fun, the unfortunate reality is that children of all ages are susceptible to avoidable life altering injuries and even death caused by water-related accidents.
According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, and the fifth cause of unintentional injury death for any age. Swimming pools are one of greatest threats for toddlers, posing risk of submersion injury. Did you know a young child can drown in five centimeters of water or less?
The number one deterrent to pool related injury is adult supervision. Be present and be aware, not only of your children but of all the children around you. Pay attention, even when there is a lifeguard on duty.
In the event of a water-related injury or drowning, first aid is the initial assistance provided to a child or individual while you wait for medical professionals to arrive. We recommend taking a first aid course and requiring all care providers to be certified in first aid as well. A first aid certificate from a reputable training firm, such as HSS, provides concrete proof to parents and potential employers that their child/loved ones are in the best hands in the event of a medical emergency.
Summer is the best time to relax and unwind with your family and friends. If you stick to these simple summer safety tips you will be well on your way to enjoying a fun and safe summer!