Heat Stroke Prevention

People most at risk for heat stroke are the elderly, children, homeless, athletes, and outside workers. 

  • Be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light colored, loose, lightweight clothing.
  • Apply and reapply sunscreen as appropriate.
  • Don’t leave children or pets in a parked car. Cars heat up fast – especially in the Florida sun.
  • Use a fan or AC in the summer, or open windows to keep your house cool.
  • Stay hydrated. 6-8 glasses of water is the normal daily recommendation, but it increases to 4 cups for every hour of activity. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Avoid liquids full of sugar or alcohol.
  • Wear sunglasses and hats when outside in the sun or heat.
  • When spending time outside, find a shady spot or swim in a cool body of water to avoid overheating.

Water Safety – Drowning

  • Before nearing a pool or body of water, ensure everyone in your party is able to swim. Those who are not comfortable swimming should stay safely away from the edge of the water.
  • Supervise children while swimming or around water. Educate children about swimming safety and teach them how to swim, including how to stay afloat.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Never swim while drinking alcohol.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Use a floating device or a life vest when appropriate, especially for new swimmers or those who can’t swim.
  • If you’re a swimming pool owner, consider a screened-in porch with a lock, or a fence that is at least 4 ft. high with a locking gate. Check the drains in your pool and spa.
  • When swimming in a public place, follow posted signs or pool “rules” about where to swim and dive.

Boat Safety

  • Never operate a boat while intoxicated or drinking alcohol.
  • Follow posted speed limit signs.
  • Follow boat operation courtesies and guidelines. Know your vessel.
  • Have someone with you, or let someone know your location and whereabouts.
  • Wear an approved safety vest when appropriate, and carry one per person in the boat at all times. If someone on your boat cannot swim, they should wear a secure life vest for the entire trip.
  • Don’t lean over the edge of the boat while in motion.
  • Beware of other boaters at all times and make sure to keep a safe distance from other boats and obstacles.
  • Stay a safe distance from land and only dock or swim in designated areas.
  • Beware of your surroundings and Mother Nature, i.e. weather, wildlife, and foliage. Don’t be out on the water during a lightning storm.