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Beat the heat safely on water and in the sun

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Now that the good weather has finally arrived, are you ready to enjoy it safely? The Snohomish Health District and the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office want you to protect yourself and your family with these quick tips.

WATER SAFETY

  • Wear a lifejacket at all times. If you don't own one already, Big 5 Sporting Goods offers 25 percent off a variety of life jackets and many area parks have Lifejacket Loaner Stations.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others.
  • Stay within designated swimming areas.
  • Be cautious of sudden drop-offs and swift underwater currents.
  • Stay warm — even if it's warm outside, most of our rivers and lakes remain cold all summer.
  • Know your limits and your abilities; stop before you're too tired.
  • Set limits with your children — when they can go in the water, where they can go, who needs to be there, and what they should have with them.

HEAT SAFETY

  • Drink more fluids. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with alcohol or a lot of sugar.
  • Stay indoors or in the shade. In extreme heat, seek an air-conditioned place, like a shopping mall or a public library.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Use sunscreen, wear sunglasses.
  • NEever leave anyone or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Check regularly on infants and young children, seniors and ill people.
  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illness.

FIRE SAFETY

  • Keep kids away from hot grills and campfires — have a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Know the fire danger level before starting a campfire – keep water close by.
  • If fireworks are allowed where you are, remember that even sparklers reach 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
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