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Summer heat and safety tips


MARTINSVILLE – As the dog days of summer have been linger for a while, we have seen stretch of 90's in our area. For those wondering when a cool dawn is in sight, you might have to wait just a bit longer.


According to long range computer models, hazy, hot, and humid conditions are forecasted for the next few weeks. With that in mind, heat safety is an important key factor during the summer months.

Below are a few tips to keep in mind, as you are out in the summer heat:


1. Staying hydrated: During the summer months, the days are longer and the sun has a higher angle in the sky, but something we need to do is keep our body's hydrated. If you are doing yard work, walking or running on any of the area trails, or even getting a nice tan at the beach, be sure to keep plenty of water on standby, as you enjoying yourself. If you are not careful, a form of dehydrating, heat stroke, or even heat exhaustion could impact your health. Also, be sure to take several breaks when you are in the daytime heat.


2. Look before you lock: The number one deaths during the summer months are car related. Pets are often left in hot cars, but the number one concern is young children. On average, 37 children die from being trapped inside hot vehicles. It does not take long for the inside of any vehicle to start feeling twice as hot as the outside temperature. When you get ready to go to your destination, place an object, such as cell phone, purse, or hat, in the backseat with your child. If you see a young child or pet in a hot car, call 911.


3. Use of sunscreen: Most Americans use sunscreen on a daily bases, mostly during the summer time to avoid a sun burn. The ways we can avoid getting a sun burn is a use spray tan, sun screen in a tube, or even a spray tan bed. When looking to buy to sunscreen, always find a low SPF, which will protect you from the UVB (Ultraviolet) Rays from getting a burn.

On the other hand, the UVA Rays can cause cancer and will not provide protection from sun burns. The average sunscreen you should be wearing is between SPF 30-50 SPF.

Always remember to apply every 30-60 minutes when you are outdoors or hanging around the pool.


Hope you can take away these important summer heat and safety tips. Before we know it, we will be shoveling our driveways and scrapping the frost from our car windshields.

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