Summer is a time for fun and recreation, but it can also be one of the most dangerous times of year due to excessive heat in our area. As a Bakersfield security company that cares deeply about the personal safety of our customers and their families, we are sharing our tips for keeping safe in the summer heat.
Drink plenty of water.
Sometimes, the simplest tips are the most effective. Rather than suggesting the traditional “eight glasses of water per day,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the recommended water intake for most adults ages 19 and 30 are: 3.7 liters (or about 130 fluid ounces) for men, and 2.7 liters (about 95 fluid ounces) for women. This can include water consumed through drinking, and through food that is dense in water as well, such as fruits and vegetables. The CDC also recommends that those working in heat exposure outdoors should begin hydrating before starting work, drink small amounts frequently throughout the day (instead of drinking large amounts a few times a day), and continue hydrating after work. This can help prevent heat exhaustion, a condition that can cause organ damage, heat stroke or death.
Know the peak times.
The peak heat season in Bakersfield is not unlike much of California, lasting from June 8 through September 20. However, peak times of day are also important to know. Meteorologists point to the period of 3:00 to 4:30 P.M. as the hottest time of day in most climates. Avoiding exercise and strenuous work during this brief window is a good idea, even if you plan to be indoors in air conditioning. Swimming during this time of day should also be done with caution, and with ample sunscreen;
in fact, sunscreen should be amply applied on anyone who is outside starting as early as 10 A.M. Keeping children indoors during peak times is also advisable.
Keep children and pets safe.
Speaking of children, one of the most dangerous places for them to be on a summer day is in a parked car. Even on a day when the outdoor temperature is mild, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes, and almost 30º F in 20 minutes. That means your car can go from 70º to 100º in just 20 minutes. Even if you think you will “just be in and out” of a store or place of business, delays happen all the time. For these reasons, you should never leave children or animals in parked vehicles. And leaving the windows down is not advisable either; it can’t adjust the already excessive outdoor temperature, and it dramatically increases the risk of abduction and other dangers. Instead, leave pets at home or bring them inside businesses that allow it — and bring children inside with you, always.
The summer is a risky time of year, but you can keep yourself and your family safe by following these steps from our Bakersfield security company. To learn more about security for your home or business, call us this summer.
About Secure Systems
Secure Systems is a Bakersfield alarm company that installs alarms for homes and businesses. We also install residential camera systems and business camera systems, commercial and residential fire alarm systems, wireless monitoring, remote access alarm systems, access control and door buzzers in Bakersfield and Kern County. Call us today at (661) 220-5354.
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