Beating The Heat

After days of unseasonably cool temperatures, it's finally starting to feel like summer here in the Capital city. But while spending time in the summer sun can be a great way to spend the day, too much heat can also pose a danger to your health. According to health experts, there are few simple things you can do to keep your family playing safely all summer long. Kids at Star City Shores, and at Antelope Park say, “Stay in the shade.”  A good idea because too much exposure to summer heat and sun can be very dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control, between the years of 1979 and 1999, more people in the United States died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. But there are simple things you can do to stay safe in the heat. Experts say it's important to avoid unnecessary outdoor physical activity during the hottest part of the day, and to try to stay in an air-conditioned area. Drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcholic beverages, even if you don't feel thirsty. And most importantly, never leave anyone in a parked car. And while you're staying safe from the heat, it's also important to stay safe from the sun. As always, it's recommended that you wear SPF15 sunscreen, or higher, whenever you're outdoors.