We don’t know about the town and country you are living in, but here in Southern Indiana, summer temperatures average at around 85°F, especially during July. Chances are, you might be expecting similar seasonal temperatures where you are. And while we shouldn’t complain too much about the hotter climes, we still need to put safety first, especially when it comes to our children.
Here are some tips you should find useful.
#1: Keep your kids indoors during the hottest parts of the day
While your children will be desperate to get outdoors into the fresh air and sunlight, you should still take steps to protect them from the risk of heat-related illnesses. These are more common during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 11 am and 4 pm, so especially if the area you live in is prone to extreme heat, plan to do things with your children indoors instead. This doesn’t necessarily have to be at home, as you may be able to visit local places of interest that provide indoor shelter. We are thinking of libraries and museums, for example, which not only provide respite from the heat but which also provide educational opportunities for your children.
#2: Take steps to keep a cool house
Temperatures can still rise indoors, and in extreme conditions, not only will the heat prove uncomfortable for you and your family, but it can also cause indoor heat stroke. Therefore, make sure your AC is working and get it serviced if you find any faults. Invest in an all-weather galvanized ceiling fan if you don’t have one already, and be sure to set it for the summer so that it pushes cool air around the room. And fit blinds to your windows too, so when the sun is at its hottest, you can lower them to limit the heat coming into your home. Oh, and don’t forget to stock your refrigerator and freezer with plenty of cool drinks and iced treats to keep your children hydrated during the day.
#3: Take protective measures when your children are outdoors
It’s obvious, we know, but make sure you apply the appropriate level sunscreen to your children before they go outdoors, and then apply it regularly throughout the day according to the directions on the packaging. Dress your children in loose-fitted clothes, so they don’t become overwhelmed by the heat, and provide them with a hat to protect them from the sun. And make sure they have access to something to drink when they are outdoors, so they don’t tire easily and become dehydrated. For your information, check out these guidelines on how much water your child should drink during a hot day outside.
#4: Don’t leave your children unattended in the car
If you’re heading out in your car this summer, be sure to provide plenty of ventilation when you’re driving, and take your children out of the car when you have to stop for any reason, even when you stop for a short time, such as when you’re paying for your fuel at the service station. According to these statistics, 806 children (at the time of writing) have died as a result of vehicular heatstroke in the United States, so take heed and protect your children.
We hope you have a fantastic summer, but be sure to follow our suggestions for a safer time during this sunniest of seasons.