Summer weather started early here in Alabama and we’re sure you can feel it as soon as you walk outdoors. With the temperature staying in the 90s this week with no chance of rain, it’s best to learn some summer heat safety tips for everyone wanting to be outside.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 deaths are caused by extreme heat every year. It’s important to take safety precautions even if you’re healthy.

Make sure to stay indoors in air-conditioned buildings if you can and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, according to the CDC. Never leave children or pets in cars.

 The CDC says to make sure to wear light clothing and sunscreen when doing activities outdoors. 

It’s important to follow safety precautions to prevent heat stroke. Hot environments and strenuous activity, according to Mayo Clinic, cause heat strokes. 

Signs of heat stroke include high body temperature, altered mental state or behavior and sweating, nausea, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heartbeat and headaches, according to Mayo Clinic.

If you or someone you know starts experiencing these symptoms during the summer, call 911. Mayo Clinic advises to get the suffering person inside, remove excess clothing and to cool the person with whatever means you have while waiting for help.

Summer is a time where children are out of school and families may take off days for vacations or visits to Lake Martin. While we all want to have fun during the summer, it’s important to keep these safety tips in mind so these summer memories stay positive.