By Robert W. Seltzer, BSEE, EFO, MP Chief Smithfield Fire Dept.
Stay Safe and Healthy This Summer
The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. It’s summertime once again. Here are some tips to help make your summer the best, and healthiest, one yet.
Beat the Heat: Heat-related illnesses claim the lives of hundreds of people each year, so it is important to take these precautions when working or playing outside during the hot summer months.
Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages;
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that is light in color;
Reduce strenuous activities or do them during the cooler parts of the day.
Fun in the Sun: Your summer plans may include hitting the beach, or just spending more time outdoors. Make sure you plan to avoid sunburn, which can increase your risk of skin cancer.
Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), when UV rays are strongest and do the most damage.
Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin. A long-sleeved shirt and long pants with a tight weave are best.
Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
Grab shades that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
Rub on sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
Swim Safe: Swimming is a fun way to stay cool and be active. Before diving in, make sure you know these tips for staying healthy and safe while swimming.
Avoid swallowing pool water or even getting it in your mouth.
Shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
Take children on bathroom breaks or check diapers often.
Keep an eye on children at all times. Kids can drown in seconds and in silence.
Never swim alone or in unsupervised locations. Teach children to always swim with a buddy.
Don’t use air-filled swimming aids (such as “water wings”) with children in place of life jackets or life preservers.
For More Information: 1-800-CDC-INFO or http://www.cdc.gov/
REMINDER: The Smithfield Public Safety Agencies have partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real-time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories.
As a resident, there are several simple ways to register:
1. Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone
2. Go to www.smithfieldfire.com, www.smithfieldpd.com, or
www.smithfieldri.com and sign up via the Nixle Widget
Please register today.