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Beat the Heat and Stay Safe: Tips from Raleigh Fire

Staying Safe

Whether you are spending time at the pool, grilling, or traveling, knowing how to stay safe in summer is vital. Here are a few safety tips from the Raleigh Fire Department for staying healthy and happy this summer.

Extreme Heat

“As the summer heat intensifies, it's crucial to stay informed about safety measures, especially here in Raleigh where the temperatures can soar,” says Lt. Lemuel Hubbard from Raleigh Fire.

Adults older than 65, children younger than four, people with existing medical conditions, and those without access to air conditioning are at the greatest risk during extreme heat.

Here are some tips for staying safe:

  • Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Recognize heat-related illnesses.
  • Find public spaces for relief during heatwaves if you don’t have access to air conditioning at home.

FEMA’s Summer Ready campaign also promotes preparedness and resilience against extreme heat.

Grilling Safety

Outdoor grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food. But a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. It can be very hot, causing burn injuries, says Hubbard.

Here are a few tips related to safe grilling:

  • Ensure your grill is placed on a non-combustible surface.
  • Keep it away from structures.
  • Check gas lines for leaks.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Water Safety

It’s not only the pool and open water at the beach that are related to drowning. Most drownings for kids between one and four happen during “non-swimming” times, such as at a backyard barbecue where someone has a fountain, a pond, or a baby pool. Stay aware of your surroundings, and if you have a child who is not a strong swimmer, practice “touch supervision.” That means staying within arms-length of your toddler or young child anytime you are in or near water.

Also keep in mind that flotation devices are not a substitute for active supervision. Kids without strong swimming skills should wear a “U.S. Coast Guard-approved” life jacket.

According to experts, teaching children how to swim early is one of the best ways to prevent drowning.

Have a Great, Safe Summer!

“Following these tips and guidelines can help you and your family to have a great – and safe – summer,” says Hubbard. 

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