2012-07-13 / Community

Vital NYC Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, but remember to play it safe. The Health Department reminds New Yorkers about summertime health and safety risks and what they can do to prevent them. Heat

Hot and humid summer weather can cause serious illness. Older adults, people with heart or lung disease, obesity or mental illness and anyone using drugs or alcohol are at especially high risk for serious illness. Workers and athletes need to be especially careful when the weather gets hot.

Never leave your children or pets in the car.

If you have to be out working or exercising in the sun: take frequent breaks, reduce the intensity of your exertion and try to work or exercise during the coolest times of the day.

To learn more about preventing heat illness, visit www.nyc.gov/health/heat Water safety Swimming is a great way to get exercise while staying cool in the summer, but remember to follow these key safety tips.

Swim only in designated areas when lifeguards are on duty and always obey the lifeguards’ instructions. Even if you are a good swimmer, never swim alone and check rip currents and other water conditions at the beach. Supervise children closely. Practice “touch” supervision by keeping young children within arm’s reach. Playground Safety

Playgrounds are great places for children to play, get exercise, and explore. New York City’s Parks Department maintains more than 1,000 playgrounds. Always supervise children closely. Be careful on hot surfaces. Metal and rubber surfaces can become very hot on sunny summer days and burn bare skin. Make sure children keep their shoes on at the playground – and give surfaces like slides a “test touch” before sitting on them. For more information on playground safety, visit the Parks Department’s web site: http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_ thing s_ to_ do/facilities/playitsafe.html Barbecue Safety

Barbecue season is here, but in the U.S. thousands of people are injured when grilling outdoors each year. Never use a propane barbecue grill on a balcony, terrace or roof. It is both dangerous and illegal in NYC.

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