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Henry Fire Dept. releases tips for a safe, fun summer
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Henry Fire Dept. releases tips for a safe, fun summer

Henry County --  (submitted by Henry County Communications)  Summer is a great time for outdoor fun--and there’s no shortage of warm weather activities to keep the whole family busy--but the summer months can also be a dangerous time. The Henry County Fire Department wants to make sure you have a fun and safe summer by taking the time to increase awareness about sun and heat exposure and avoiding burns from grills, fireworks and sparklers. It’s important to know how to avoid problems, and equally important to know what to do in case of an emergency.

It’s estimated that nearly 400 people die each year from heat exposure. In order to avoid heat exhaustion, limit strenuous activities to the cooler hours of the day, either early in the morning or in the evening. Stay indoors with air conditioning if possible and if you have to be outside for long periods of time, wear loose light clothing and have plenty of water or sports drinks on hand. If someone is experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion, have the person lie down in a cool spot and elevate the legs. Help them cool down with water until emergency help arrives. Also, check on the elderly as they are especially susceptible to heat related injuries.

Sunburn is another highly preventable summer hazard. Everyone should wear sunscreen, and it should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to exposure and reapplied often throughout the day, especially after swimming or exercise. In addition to unnecessary painful burns and blistering, skin damage from the sun can eventually lead to skin cancer.

Summer is the perfect time for cooling off in the water, but children should never be left unattended around a body of water, and no one, not even an experienced swimmer, should swim alone. According to kidshealth.org, nearly 1,000 children die each year by drowning and the majority of drownings happen in home swimming pools. Make sure your pool has four sided fencing and a self-closing gate. Teach children not to go near water without an adult and not to swim near drains or suction outlets. In addition to constant supervision, children older than four years old should be taught to swim. Also, be sure to store pool chemicals outside, away from any heat source or flame and out of reach of children.

“Actively supervise your children around water at all times and have a phone nearby to call for help in an emergency,” said Captain Sabrina Puckett of the Henry County Fire Department. “

Summer is a very popular time for outdoor cooking, and burns from grills or fire pits can happen to anyone. However, preventing burns in the first place will save a lot of pain later. Keep children away from the grilling area, grill outdoors only, check for leaks in gas grill connections, and never leave a grill unattended. Also, keep grills away from the house until completely cool and soak coals in water before discarding.

Fireworks are a mainstay of many summer celebrations, but the fire department urges individuals to let the professionals handle that. Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks and instead, enjoy outdoor public displays put on by professionals.

The Henry County Fire Department wants everyone to have a fun and safe summer, but in the event of any emergency, always dial 911.

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