LINCOLN, R.I. – While summer is a great time for outdoor activities, it can also bring extreme heat and humidity. In fact, nearly a third of weather-related deaths in the U.S. are attributed to excessive natural heat, heat stroke, sun stroke or all three, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Amica Insurance is offering the following tips to help keep everyone safe. Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, so stay cool and use common sense.
• Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of activity level.
• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and always put on sunscreen.
• Stay indoors if possible, and in an air-conditioned place.
• Monitor infants, young children and the elderly.
• Do not leave children or pets in a parked car.
• Eat lightly, and avoid hot foods and alcohol.
• Provide plenty of fresh water for pets.
• Seek medical attention if anyone exhibits warning signs, like extremely high body temperatures, red, hot or dry skin, nausea or a rapid, strong pulse.