Keep an Eye on the Kids in the Heat
Posted June 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — The intense heat that's blanketing the area right now can be very dangerous, so it pays to be aware of some warning signs and arm yourself with knowledge about how best to protect yourself.
You can usually tell when you're starting to get too hot. If, for example, you become dizzy, weak or nauseous it's usually a sign to go inside and cool off. That's not always the case with children, however. Often, they need guidance from adults on to stay safe.
When the mercury rises and the sun is blazing, kids see nothing but fun, and splashing around outsideisa great way to cool off. But you have to keep an eye on your kids in this weather because they might not watch out for themselves. Day Care Teacher Carol Hutto says children simply don't know when they're getting too hot.
Because kids might not notice when they're getting too hot, you need to make sure you limit their time in direct sunlight and make sure they drink plenty of water.
Remember to dress children in light-colored clothing, put sunscreen on them, have them wear a hat, and make sure each has his own container of water when spending time outdoors.