We have many children in our neighborhood and
more children are outside playing. Please slow
down on our roads to keep our children safe. The
clubhouse parking lot is no exception - please slow
down when entering because we have children at
Safe Kids is an advocacy group with a website
listing many suggestions to keep children safe. Go
to www.safekids.org to check out their suggestions.
Their newest safety guide is to never leave your
child alone in a car. With the heat rising, nearly a
third of the heat-related fatalities with children
occur when a child slips away unnoticed and gets
into a car, getting heat stroke or hyperthermia. To
keep children safe:
Drivers should always lock car doors and
trunks, regardless of the situation.
Keys should be kept away from children.
Children should not be allowed to play in cars.
When a child is missing, vehicles and trunks
should be checked first.
KEEPING COOL IN SUMMER
Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about
comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related
illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long.
Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler
times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of
your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead or
running, or decreasing your level of exertion.
Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color.
Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a
quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an
Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on
hot, overtired feet.
Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you're
ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you'll have a supply of cold
water with you.
Take frequent baths or showers with cool or tepid water.
Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports
drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
Some people swear by small, portable, battery-powered fans. At
an outdoor event I even saw a version that attaches to a water bottle
that sprays a cooling mist.
I learned this trick from a tennis pro: if you're wearing a cap or
hat, remove it and pour a bit of ice cold water into the hat, then quickly
invert it and place on your head.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.
Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent
small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products.
As an added benefit, you won't have to cook next to a hot stove.
If you don't have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts
of the day in a shopping mall, public library, movie theater, or other
public space that is cool. Many cities have cooling centers that are
open to the public on sweltering days.
Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors
when you can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot asphalt
surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants, and anyone with
a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more
susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don't forget that pets also need
protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too.
REFERENCE: Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of
Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional,