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Summer Seasonal Safety Issues

Summer safety issues include heat-related illnesses, sun exposure, water safety concerns, and use of fireworks or concern about fire.  Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death.

Who is at highest risk for heat-related illness:

  • Older adults
  • Young children
  • People with mental illness and chronic diseases
  • Athletes who exercise outdoors
  • Outdoor workers
  • People experienceing homelessness


During very hot weather:

  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors twice a day
  • Stay cool and avoid direct contact with the sun
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more
  • NEVER LEAVE INFANTS, children or pets in a parked car
  • Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Seek medical care immediately


Below are a few sites that provide information on this topic in other languages or audio/visual formats.

Health Reach: 
"Heat Waves" (Arabic, Bosnian, Somali, Spanish) and "Heat Exhaustion" (Creole, Spanish)

Health Information Translations: "Sun Safety Tips", (Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish)

MedlinePlus:   "Sun Exposure" (Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish)

Public Health: Seattle & King County:  "Hot Weather and How To Stay Cool", (Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese)

Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle: Safety and Injury Prevention materials, some other languages.  

Washington State Department of Health:   "Hot Weather Safety", (Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukranian, Vietnamese, and large type)