Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself, but it may not be enough in extreme heat or long exposure.
What to do:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Seek air conditioning to keep cool.
- Pace yourself.
- Monitor people at high risk, including the elderly and young children.
Also, keep in mind that in some places, a hot day can turn paved roads into “streets of fire.” Metal surfaces, such as car doors or a shed in your yard, can also get extremely hot. Think twice before running outside to get your mail in bare feet.
Mowing the lawn is a weekly ritual for many in the spring and summer, but did you know that it sends nearly 80,000 Americans to the hospital each year? Researchers say the most common injuries are caused by debris, such as rocks and branches that are shot off by the mower’s spinning blades. With blades spinning at 160 mph inches away from our feet and hands, it’s crucial to use caution.
Here are a few lawn-mowing safety tips from Bishai:
- Wear goggles, long pants and closed-toe shoes with soles that offer good traction.
- Clear the yard of debris before mowing.
- Wear protective gloves when servicing the mower or changing blades.
- Never service the mower while it is running.
- Do not carry passengers on riding mowers or tow anyone behind the mower.
- Do not allow children younger than 16 to operate a riding mower.
- Store lawn mowers in an area that has minimal traffic and that children cannot access.
3. DIY Projects
Every year, emergency rooms treat 36,000 people for chain-saw injuries and thousands more for injuries caused by power hedge trimmers or weed trimmers. Any time you’re using a power tool, wear protective gear, head to toe. And don’t decide you’re going to build that Pinterest coffee table after a few too many glasses of wine. Power tools and booze don’t mix.
4. The Pool
While your pool may add value to your home and offer relief from the summer heat, it can also put your family at risk. Most accidental drownings of children ages 1 to 4 occur in residential swimming pools.
The best way to keep your pool area safe is to install a fence to prevent anyone from falling in accidentally. Supervise your children at all times when they are in a pool.
Also be aware of any rivers, lakes or other bodies of water near your home, and exercise caution any time you are in or around them. Wear life jackets and know the weather forecast before you go swimming; a sudden change in weather can put you at risk.