Heat-related illness happens when the body's temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to age 4 years of age are the most vulnerable but people of any age can get sick from the heat if they participate in physical activities during hot weather.
NEVER leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car.
Drink plenty of water and clear fluids.
Dress in loose, lightweight clothing.
Plan outdoor activities for morning and evening hours.
Too much exposure to sun can happen quickly — in as little as 15 minutes for people with fair or delicate skin. Sunscreen is one of the most important forms of protection against sunburn but is only one layer in an overall sun safety plan.
Always use sunscreen of at least SPF 30, even on cloudy days.
Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
Keep infants under 6 months out of the sun entirely.
Wear a side-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Never use tanning beds or try to build a "base tan."
Ticks can carry disease-causing bacteria and viruses so a protective plan when going outdoors is essential. Checking frequently for ticks is important because they are only a threat if they remain attached for an extended period.
Stay on trails and avoid high grasses and vegetation.
Use an insect repellent containing DEET or an effective alternative.
Don’t use any repellents on infants younger than two months.
Carry a lint roller to roll over clothing while outdoors and catch ticks.
Do a daily tick check paying close attention to the armpits, groin and scalp.