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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