Summertime means beach trips, vacations, and family fun for many, but the season can also bring insects, rashes, asthma attacks, sunburns, and More.
While we’re not here to ruin anyone’s good time, we are here to keep you safe and healthy! So, we’re providing a rundown of some summertime perils and how best to treat these conditions with summer care tips and reminders.
Staying Safe in Extreme Heat
In extreme heat, it is important to take extra precautions to prevent heat-related illness. We are advising community members to:
- Slow down and avoid strenuous activity
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and
- Drink plenty of water — even if you are not thirsty.
Limit Heat Exposure
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours.
- Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover.
- Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Do not leave pets outside for extended periods.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes
If you do not have air conditioning:
- Stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven.
- Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as schools, libraries, theaters, and other community facilities.
- Check with the local authorities or call or Call 2-1-1 to find locations of cooling centers or shelters near you.
Check out these summer care tips and reminders for the whole family:
- Keeping Insects Away
- Preventing Sunburn and Skin Damage
- Treating Sunburns and Knowing the Risks
- The Dangers of Dehydration
- Swimming Safety
- Think Skincare Safety
- Avoiding Heat Illness
- Preventing Injuries
Southcoast Health reminds you to stay vigilant and not ignore your symptoms or injuries. We are your resource for world-class care close to home, including treatment for seasonal illnesses, minor injuries, and more.
As always, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. Our urgent care centers are also available for less severe injuries or illnesses.
Urgent Care Conveniently Located Near You
Save your Urgent Care spot in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Fall River, Lakeville, Seekonk & Wareham, MA and Middletown, RI
The Southcoast Health Urgent Care is open to the public, and you do not need to have a Southcoast Physicians Group doctor to visit our urgent care clinic.
If your condition is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.