How to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is a great time for families to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. However, the intense summer weather can pose serious dangers, especially to children. Unlike adults, children are less able to adapt to heat and humidity and are more at risk for heat-related illnesses. The best ways for both children and adults to stay summer safe and healthy are to

  • put on sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher;
  • wear lightweight clothing;
  • drink plenty of water—even if you don’t feel thirsty;
  • avoid strenuous exercise during peak hours; and
  • never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle.

For more information about protection and prevention during the summer, visit the CDC’s webpage on summer weather safety.


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Last updated June 30, 2017