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Red Cross Safety Tips for Summer Heat

| Jul 21, 2011

With the heat wave in full force and weather consistently reaching above 90 degrees, a great way to cool off is to jump in the pool. But while pools are fun, they can also be dangerous.

As a  Columbia personal injury lawyer , I came across these great summer pool and heat safety tips from the American Red Cross, according to news reports.

Red Cross Home Pool Safety Tips:

•Teach children to never go near the water without an adult; the pool area is off limits without adult supervision. Also, ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool.

•Take action to prevent drowning. Empty kiddie pools immediately after use. Also, secure your pool or hot tub with barriers, safety covers and/or alarms. Keep children under active supervision when in or around the water. Consider having weak swimmers wear a life jacket.

•Establish and enforce rules. Suggestions include: no one swims alone, stay away from drains, no loose/dangling items and no diving (if appropriate). Obey set limits for how much time is spent in hot water.

•Outfit your pool or hot tub with appropriate safety equipment. At a minimum, pool and hot tub owners should keep the following equipment readily accessible: phone with emergency information posted near it; first aid kit; emergency signal, such as a whistle; multiple life jackets in various sizes; reaching device; and throwing device.

•Use chemicals safely. Use appropriate protective equipment when handling chemicals. Never add water to chemicals. Always add the chemical to large amounts of water and pour slowly. Never mix chemicals. Always keep chemicals in their original containers and replace covers properly. Always clean up spills immediately.

•Make sure everyone knows how to swim and respond in emergencies. Enroll everyone in the home in American Red Cross water safety and learn-to-swim courses. Take the Home Pool Essentials: Maintenance and Safety online course. Learn how to safely respond to aquatic and other emergencies by taking Red Cross courses, such as First Aid, CPR, Lifeguarding and Basic Water Rescue.

Red Cross Heat Wave Safety Tips:

•Prepare. Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for what to do if the power goes out.

•Dress for the heat. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.

•Stay hydrated. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

•Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.

•Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.

•Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on family, friends and neighbors who are elderly or ill and those who do not have air conditioning. Also check on your animals frequently to make sure they are not suffering from the heat.

•Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m. Take frequent breaks.

•Learn Red Cross first aid and CPR/AED.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a summer boat accident, contact a  personal injury lawyer in Columbia.

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