May 24th is National Heat Awareness Day, reminding us of the importance of practicing safety in extreme heat. With the summer months approaching, the temperatures and humidity tend to rise in Florida. This extreme heat can be dangerous, or even deadly if you do not take proper precautions to protect you and your family.  According to the CDC, there are over 600 heat-related deaths in the United States every year. Heat-related illnesses and fatalities are preventable. It is important you and your family take precautions as the temperatures begin to climb this summer. Consider these tips to stay cool:


Keep out of the heat: Stay indoors and in air-conditioned places during the heat of the day. If possible, try to schedule outdoor activities and outdoor exercises to the cooler hours of the day such as the early morning or late evening.


Stay Hydrated: Although it is important to stay hydrated all through the year, be sure to drink lots of water when the temperatures climb. It is also recommended to replenish your body with a sports drink containing electrolytes should you experience any dizziness, cramps, or nausea due to the heat.


Wear Sunscreen and Suitable Clothing: Did you know, a sunburn can make you dehydrated? Sunburns can affect your body’s ability to keep cool. If you are going to be outdoors, be sure to protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen. We also recommend you wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing to keep cool.


Everyone out of the car:  Every year, there are several devastating and preventable deaths from children and pets being left in parked cars. According to the National Weather Service, studies have found the temperatures inside a parked car can rapidly rise creating extremely dangerous conditions for pets, children, and adults. No matter how brief you may be parked, children and pets should never be left in a car, even if the windows are left slightly open.


Seek medical care: Should you begin experiencing any symptoms associated with heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, seek medical attention right away. Children and the elderly are at an increased risk of falling victim to heat-related illnesses.


As you embark on your summer travel to destinations such as one of our most popular vacation destinations here in Florida, Orlando, consider these few simple ways you can stay safe from extreme heat. For more information on heat illnesses and tips to keep you safe, click here.

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