Safety tips to keep kids cool in the summer

TEXOMA (KFDX/KJTL) — In this heat, it is very important for parents to pay attention to how their children may react to the weather.

It’s typical to spend more time outdoors this time of year with school out and more vacations, but being outdoors for too long could take a toll on your health.

Dehydration and heat exhaustion are some things to watch out for.

When you go to parks, pools, or anywhere else in the heat of summer, always be prepared. Making sure you have the right gear and even the right color clothing makes all the difference.

“They should wear loose, light-colored clothing on hot days and wear sunscreen when outdoors,” said Auberia Stephenson, a child death specialist with Child Protective Services.

Sometimes heat can be a silent killer, so hydration is key.

“Some of the key factors in being safe is simply teaching kids to drink plenty of fluids before and during an activity, even when they’re not thirsty,” Stephenson said.

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, five children have died in hot cars this year.

Heat stroke is the second leading cause of vehicle-related deaths, so always make sure you look before you block.

“Allowing a baby or child to stay outside for a long time in hot weather, riding in hot cars or sitting in a parked car can cause their body temperature to rise,” Stephenson said.

As a parent, you should constantly check the temperature and monitor outdoor activity to prevent heat exhaustion.

“On hot, humid days, limit your outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day,” Stephenson said. “Also teach children to come in and rest.”

Having proper clothing, sunscreen, and water is important, but the best way to stay safe in the heat is to stay out of it.

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