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Tips for keeping kids safe when it's hot outside


It seemed to take a while, but hot summer days have arrived in Seattle!

Time for us all to refresh our memories about the importance of hydration, sunscreen and never, ever leaving kids (or pets) in cars.

I really appreciated the urgent but non-judgy message in this tweet from the National Weather Service:

"The start of summer can be a start of a change in daily routines in many households. Changes in routine can result in forgetfulness for anyone. It can take only a few minutes for a car to heat to deadly temperatures, especially in the summer heat. Where's baby?"

They then offered these tips to avoid inadvertently leaving a child in a car:

  • Set a reminder on your phone.
  • Create a visual reminder in your vehicle (place one shoe in backseat when child is with you).
  • Communicate regularly on whereabouts with spouse/childcare provider.

Turns out there are a ton more heat-safety resources online.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a heat-safety app for both Android and iPhone. Designed for workers (but with clear applications for families), it calculates the heat index and the danger of being outside, and offers tools, including reminders to take breaks and hydrate, for staying safe.

The National Weather Service offers free online weather classes for kids, plus lots and lots of health and safety information.

Stay safe and have fun out there!


More on kids' health:

Find more health and safety topics here, and hit us up with your (non-emergency) health questions here at Ask the Pediatrician, a service of Kaiser Permanente.


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