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Feature: June/July 2015

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

See Safe Kids Seattle South King  for local summer 2015 safety events and resources promoting car seat checks and bike helmet events.

The following are links to some websites that provide information on this topic in other languages or audio/visual formats.

Healthy Roads Media: "Emergencies" - multiple emergency preparedness topics including heat waves, how to use 911, flooding, fire safety at home, etc (Arabic, Bosnian, Somali, Spanish)

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

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

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

Health Reach (formerly Refugee Health Information Network - RHIN): "Heat Waves", (Arabic, Bosnian, Somali, Spanish)

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

Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle: Water and sports safety materials, and sun exposure information, in some other languages.  Also, other safety topics, e.g. bicycle safety, booster seats. 


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