In the next few weeks, we will be facing some of the hottest temperatures experienced in years. These high temperatures will bring even higher heat indices, possibly up to 115 degrees or more. Children and older adults are at higher risk, along with those whose jobs are outdoors.
Please take a few moments to make yourself aware of the warning signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses here on the CDC website.
Did you know??? Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children? On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. Tips and more information here
And, while we're on the subject of children,
NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD ALONE IN A CARE - NOT EVEN FOR A MINUTE!
These type of calls are really tough for us - even tougher for the family.
Grilling is a great way to keep your house cool. Here are some safety tips.
Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Florida is the lightning capital of the world. Please read, and follow, these tips from the NFPA:
If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under tall tress for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before leaving your shelter.
Stay away from windows and doors.
If you are in or on open water, go to land and seek shelter immediately.
If you feel your hair stand on end, that means lightning is about to strike, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees. Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact with the ground. Do not lie flat on the ground. This is a last resort when a building or hard-topped vehicle is not available.
If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 and get medical care immediately. Lightning strike victims carry no electrical charge; attend to them immediately. Check their breathing, heartbeat, and pulse. CPR may be needed.
Unplug appliances and other electrical items, like computers, and turn off air conditioners. If you are unable to unplug them, turn them off. Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electronic equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. Avoid washing your hands, bathing, doing laundry, or washing dishes.
Swimming Safety Tips
There Is NoSubstitute for Active Supervision
Please, watch your children constantly around water. It only takes a second for tragedy to occur. Check here for "Safe Kids Worldwide" tips for keeping all kids safe.