Did you know that on an even mildly hot day temperatures in a car or other vehicle can rise up to 120 degrees F in less than 10 minutes? Even with windows partially open, children and animals can experience heat exhaustion, dehydration, heat stroke and even die from the extreme temperature.
Did you know that for the best protection against UV rays you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out? It is advisable to keep infants younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight but for children over 6 months, apply a suncreen with an spf of at least 15-30. Also, encourage children, pets, and adults to drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. When the heat index is 90 degrees and above, play outside before 10am and after 4pm.
Check your local tv stations and newspapers for the Air Quality forecast or go online at http://www.ncair.org/. This website's Air Quality Index Color Code Guide recommends to restrict time outdoors.
Resource: NC Child Care Health & Safety Resource Center - Health and Safety Bulletin
Spring Edition 2011 1-800-367-2229 or www.healthychildcarenc.org