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Staying safe and hydrated this summer

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It feels like summer is now here with the enjoyment of this past Memorial Day weekend. Of course summer is a perfect time to enjoy a variety of activities with friends and family, but it’s also a time when dehydration can kick in, and dehydration can lead to a variety of health problems.

The American Red Cross has advice for staying safe during a summer heat wave. Here are some tips right on their website to consider:
•  Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
•  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
•  Avoid extreme temperature changes.
•  Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
•  Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
•  Postpone outdoor games and activities.
•  Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
•  Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
•  Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Stay safe and hydrated this summer!
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