Get Ready for Summer: Stay Safe in the Heat!

By YMCA
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Please review our Youth Sports Heat Policy to understand the measures we have in place to ensure the safety of all participants.

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the excitement of outdoor activities and long sunny days. At the YMCA, we’re gearing up for a season full of fun and fitness. However, as temperatures rise, it’s crucial to stay safe and hydrated during your favorite sports and outdoor adventures.

Here are some essential tips to help you and your family beat the heat:

1. Stay Hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration can sneak up on you, especially when you’re active. Encourage your kids to take water breaks every 20 minutes during physical activities.

2. Wear Appropriate Clothing

Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing helps reflect heat and allows for better air circulation. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can help protect against harmful UV rays.

3. Apply Sunscreen

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.

4. Take Breaks

Schedule regular breaks in the shade or indoors to cool down. This is especially important during peak sun hours, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

5. Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illness

Be aware of symptoms like dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid pulse, and excessive sweating. If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.

6. Adjust Your Activity Levels

On particularly hot days, consider reducing the intensity and duration of your outdoor activities. Opt for morning or evening sessions when it’s cooler.

For our youth sports programs, we take heat safety seriously. Please review our Youth Sports Heat Policy to understand the measures we have in place to ensure the safety of all participants.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a safe and active summer. We look forward to seeing you at the YMCA, where fun and fitness come together! Stay cool and stay safe!

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