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Stay safe this summer: Tips from the Neighborhood Commission

MARGOT SEAY • Jul 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Summer is finally here. It’s a time for pool parties, barbecues and lying out in the sun. Amidst all the fun, though, it’s important to remember that the season can also bring in some dangers. Aside from the usual hydration and reminders to wear sunscreen, here are a few tips from the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission to keep your summer safe!

You know by now that you should always wear sunscreen during the summer, but make sure that yours hasn’t expired. Sunscreen lasts around two years. You should use up an entire bottle before that long, but if you’ve used the same bottle for a while, be sure to check the label. If you’re looking for an extra dose of protection, try wearing a cute hat with a wide brim or a pair of sunglasses.

If you’ve got a pool at home, it’s a good idea to have some sort of barrier around it to protect children and pets. After swimming, get any toys out of the pool so children won’t try to get them out on their own. Never leave children unattended at the pool. Parents, consider getting CPR certified, just to be on the safe side.

Listen to your body. Headaches, dizziness and nausea can be signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat stroke can be particularly perilous. A person experiencing heat stroke will have a throbbing headache, hot skin, rapid and strong pulse, or they may faint. To prevent this, try cooling towels, misting fans and regular air conditioning breaks when you have to be outside on hot days. If you ever think that you may be experiencing heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

Dogs can also get overheated. Since dogs don’t sweat, it’s easy for them to get too hot. It can even kill them! If your dog begins acting sluggish or confused, take it as a sign to get out of the heat. There are several ways to help your pup stay cool. Always make sure that your dog has access to water and shade. Adding a fan to that area is a plus! If you’re out for a walk, try tying a wet bandana around the dog’s neck. On extra hot days, try letting your dog take a dip in a kiddy pool. Just make sure that it isn’t too deep!

Summer is a great time to vacation and enjoy the weather, as long as you keep safety in mind. With these tips, you’re sure to have some fun in the sun!

JOIN US FOR A MEETING

The Neighborhood Commission meets the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Room on the second floor. We won’t be meeting this July, but please join us on Aug. 29! We’d love to hear from you.

If you prefer to send us a suggestion, concern or praise, please email us at [email protected]

Margot Seay is chair of the Kingsport Neighborhood Commission.

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