Summer Safety Tips—Be Aware, Be Prepared, and Have Fun
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Indy has been busy this summer! There's always something to do—concerts, festivals, parks, zoo visits, pools—every weekend is packed with experiences! We want to keep you and your family SAFE at all of it, so we've put together some tips on worries we all face.
A V O I D A N X I E T Y I N A C R O W D
Attending an event with a large gathering doesn't go without risk—just be smart about it. Crowds can be daunting but they don't need to cause you anxiety if you prepare (more room for fun)!
With the Indiana State Fair officially open, we know you're planning your visit(s) with the family before it's back to school—so is everyone else! Stay safe in the crowd:
- Wrap a rubber band around your wallet or carry a crossbody purse that has a zipper/clasp to avoid pick-pocketers.
- Leave the sandals at home and wear closed-toe shoes! *Tip: Put dryer sheets inside your shoes after you take them off at the end of the day—you'll thank yourself in the morning when the paint on your walls isn't peeling from the smell.
- Establish a meeting place with your group in case of separation.
- Kids are curious and adventurous—you turn around for one second and they've wandered off!
- Write your phone number on their wrist and cover it with liquid band-aid (it will prevent smudges)
- Teach them to spot who works at the location you're at so they can identify authorities.
- MORE TIPS ON KEEPING KIDS SAFE IN CROWDED PLACES
If you use a wireless phone or another type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:
- Always contact 911 by making a voice call, if you can.
- If you can’t call 911 because you’re in a dangerous situation you can text your emergency to 911.
- If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled, and text-to-911 is not available, use a TTY or a telecommunications relay service, if possible.
D O N ' T S W E A T T H E H E A T
It's been a hot, humid summer and you may have formed a clingy relationship with your AC unit. It's time to let go and enjoy the outdoors as summer is coming to an end!
Headed to the Indiana State Fair this month? There are a ton of barns where you can cool down (and say hi to some farm animals)! And don't pass the Indiana Beer, Wine, & Spirits Exhibit at the fair—it has air conditioning, nice bathrooms, and drinks! Just another perk of being 21+!
Take it slow when you're out and about, find shade/AC in a building, and refill your water at a fountain. People are susceptible to 3 heat-related illnesses, according to The American Red Cross:
- Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat.
- Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition than heat cramps. It can affect those wearing heavy clothing in a hot, humid environment. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
- Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; vomiting; and seizures.
Be aware, be prepared, and keep having fun this summer, friends!