Going Hiking or Camping?
- Stay properly hydrated and pack 2 liters of water per person per day.
- Try not to carry more than one-third of your body weight.
- Eat a high carbohydrate diet — carbs are where 70% of your energy from calories comes from.
- Try to hike or camp with at least one companion, in case an emergency would arise and someone has to get help.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person, including details such as the make, year and license plate of your car, the equipment you’re bringing, the weather you anticipate and when you plan to return.
- Wear light-colored and lightweight clothing
- Drink plenty of water, even if you’re not thirsty, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Eat frequent small meals and avoid high-protein foods.
- Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to high temperatures — keep an eye out for signs of heat-related illness, such as nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches.
- Avoid direct exposure during peak sun hours, between 10 am and 4 pm and always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
Taking a Vacation?
- Learn more about where you are visiting — this can help you avoid storm season, severe heat and other regional challenges that might limit fun.
- Pay attention to local media for weather warnings and what actions might be necessary in the place you’re visiting.
- Know the county your destination is in — this helps when the National Weather Service issues alerts.
- Pack a first aid kit.
- Check for fire exits wherever you stay or visit.
Going for a Swim or Heading to the Beach?
- Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.
- Read and obey all posted signs and notices.
- Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing an approved flotation device when around water, even if they are not actually swimming.
- Watch out for dangerous “too”s — too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
- Set water safety rules for the whole family based on swimming abilities.
- Be knowledgable about the water environment you’re in and its potential hazards.
- Stop swimming at the first sign of bad weather.
- Use a feet-first entry when entering the water — only enter headfirst when the area is clearly marked for diving.
- Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. It impairs your judgment, balance and coordination, as well as affects your swimming and diving skills and your body’s ability to stay warm.
We here at your local Red Cross hope you’ll use these safety tips
and have a SAFE and FUN summer!