Heat Advisory – Tips from Phoenix Children’s 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.