Back To School: Keeping Kids Safe During Heat
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The state’s students are returning to school during the hottest time of the year.
As children head back to the classroom and back to the playgrounds, there are a few things parents need to educate their kids about so they can stay healthy. We need to help children understand the signs of overheating so they know when to start taking it easy.
According to thesurvivalmom.com, kids should know the that if they experience nausea, stomach or muscle cramps, super-thirst, dizziness or weakness, they should slow down, go to a shady area or inside, take a drink and cool off.
Parents can do their part to prevent overheating, as well. Here are some tips to make sure your kids stay cool in the heat.
Dress them in proper clothing
According to thesurvivalmom.com, it may seem obvious to dress your child in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt to deal with the heat, but a long-sleeved shirt made of light material can actually help prevent overheating better than allowing skin to be exposed to the sunlight.
Pack a water bottle
Send the kids to school with an extra water bottle in their backpacks so they have an option if they’re not around a drinking fountain.
Get a pocket fan
If the school allows it, make sure your child has a pocket fan or a battery-powered fan. If your kid can’t immediately get out of the heat, at least he or she can have something to help cool them down.
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