Heat Advisories and How to Keep Your Kids Safe
The extreme heat in the summer months, especially in the Valley, can pose significant threats to children and adults. Here are some tips to prevent heat-related injuries and illnesses:
- High temperature days can cause the temperature inside a vehicle to reach dangerous levels. Never leave a child alone in a car, truck or van. A car parked in direct sunlight for only 15 minutes can get to 131 to 172 degrees inside. High temperatures could lead to heat exhaustion or death.
- Cover metal parts of car seats in hot weather. Belt and harness buckles can cause serious burns to children.
- Limit children's time outdoors between the sun's peak intensity hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., keeping outside play to 30 minutes.
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 25 or higher 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every three to four hours, more often if swimming or sweating.
- Dress children in light weight, light colored, and loose fitting clothes. Hats (with brims and bills) and sunglasses help protect from the sun and ultraviolet light.
- Kids should drink 16 ounces of water every four to six hours. Additionally, sports drinks include a balance of minerals and vitamins which help to hydrate the body.
- Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion including headaches, dizziness, vomiting, muscle aches, paleness, heavy sweating, etc. Phoenix Children's recommends placing kids in a shady location with loose fitting clothes and lots of water. Seek medical attention if symptoms are severe, get worse, or last more than one hour.
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