Staying SAFE in the Hot Summer Weather

Summertime… when the living’s easy. Right? Barbecues, camping trips, afternoons at the park or swimming pool… all the things the best childhood memories are made of. However, hot summer weather can be problematic when you don’t take the proper precautions. To that end, SAFE Family Wearables has collected some key advice for beating the heat and staying cool while seizing every day of this beautiful season. Have fun and stay SAFE!

Be aware of the heat. Paxie will let you know how hot it is wherever your kids are. You can set threshold limits and Paxie will alert you immediately if the temperature reaches a certain level so you may respond accordingly.

Dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Lightweight, light-colored clothing that reflects heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Avoid too much sunshine whenever possible. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating.

Drink for the Heat. Drink plenty of water and natural juices, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Even under moderate outdoor activity, the rate your body absorbs fluid more slowly than the rate it loses water due to perspiration. Staying on top of your hydration can make all the difference.

Never ever leave a person or a pet in the car. Not even ‘for just a minute.’ People and animals can succumb to heat exposure and death very quickly in a hot car. Cars can become overheated quickly and when overheated become like ovens. It’s never safe. Paxie’s Ambient Temperature monitoring will alert you should your child climb into a car on their own. Knowledge is safety!

{A quick tip from SAFE Family to you: Make sure that seat belts and car seat restraints are not too hot before buckling little ones (or yourself) into a car. Metal buckles can cause 2nd and 3rd degree burns in hot summer weather.}

Know the signs of Heat-Induced Illness. Be able to recognize when someone’s had too much of the hot weather. Signs include: Heavy sweating (though if heat stroke sets in, the body can no longer compensate and stops sweating), pale skin, muscle cramps, feeling weak and/or tired, nausea or vomiting, altered mental state (confused or disoriented), headache, becoming semi-conscious or passing out.

Know How to Treat Heat-Induced Illness. When you see the signs, act fast! Get the person out of the sun and into a cool area – an air-conditioned area is ideal, but moving someone into the shade will also help. Apply ice to the neck or armpits (where large blood vessels are close to the surface). Immerse the body in cool water, either at a swimming pool or in a bathtub. If symptoms don’t immediately subside, call 911… you can never be too careful.

Preparation is key. Stay informed and you can focus on what’s of lasting importance: letting your children have the times of their lives and having fun with your family. SAFE Family Wearables wishes you and your family a summer filled with fun, adventure and memories that will last a lifetime.

 

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7 Tips for Staying SAFE in Summer Crowds

Summertime is a perfect time for gatherings of all kinds, be it the beach, a theme park, county fair, or some other wildly fun event. As we all know, losing a kid in a crowd is every parent’s nightmare. Perhaps the hardest part of mixing with throngs of people is finding a middle ground between keeping your kids safe and allowing them to explore and enjoy the experience to its fullest. With this balancing act in mind, SAFE Family Wearables has gathered 7 crowd-safety tips to keep in mind when adventuring this summer. Have fun and stay SAFE!

1) Take a digital picture of each of your kids. If one of them ever got lost, you can show the event authorities a current photo of your child in that day’s clothes.

2) Write your cell phone number on your children’s arms with a Sharpie. It will not wash off for several days. Don’t worry — it will fade eventually! Not only will your kids have the number handy in case they get lost, but a child predator is unlikely to snatch a child so obviously marked.

3) Out of town? Take a few of your hotel’s business cards from the front desk and tuck them into your kids’ pockets. If one of them ever got lost, he’d be able to tell someone the name of the hotel and leave you a message there.

4) Shortly after you enter a theme park, county fair, beach area or other crowded location, get oriented by identifying landmarks together. Agree on a designated meeting place in case you get separated. Have her repeat it aloud so it sticks.

5) Play the “What Am I Wearing?” game before you head to an amusement park, fairground, or any crowded place. Tell your kids to take a good look at you, then close their eyes and tell you what you’re wearing. If you ever get separated, it might help them locate you in a crowd and describe you to a park employee or other helpful adult.

6) Fit each of your children with a Paxie Band. With Paxie’s boundary setting, you will be alerted when any of the kids get too far away from you, since you can monitor multiple bands within one app. Paxie’s location services will tell you exactly where they are at a moment’s notice and the heart rate monitor can alert you to any panic situations should any of the kiddos get separated and scared. Furthermore, if predators are a worry, Paxie will alert you if the band is removed, so you have an extra layer of security. With Paxie, you really do get ‘peace of mind.’

7) Use first names when calling out for a parent rather than “mom” or “dad”. When kids are lost, their first instinct in those first stressful moments of realization may be to call out for you. By using first names instead of ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’, it’s much easier to react to your child in a crowd.

Preparation is key. Stay informed and you can focus on what’s of lasting importance: letting your children have the times of their lives and having fun with your family. SAFE Family Wearables wishes you and your family a summer filled with fun, adventure and memories that will last a lifetime.

Check out our Kickstarter campaign for the Next Generation of Paxie at http://bit.ly/PaxieBlog.

For more information on the Paxie Band, visit www.Paxie.com.