Parents encouraged to protect children from heat-related illnesses

Source: CDC
Source: CDC

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Parents are taking steps to make sure their kids are safe while playing outdoors with the hottest temperatures so far this year on the way.

Extreme heat has caused more deaths than any other weather event in recent years. From 1999 to 2010, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a total of 7,415 people died of heat-related deaths.

That is an average of around 618 deaths a year.

Pullen Park in Raleigh was filled with local families taking advantage of the sunshine on Wednesday, but as temperatures climbed into the 90s, they were also concerned with staying cool.

Allison Stewart said she’s doing whatever it takes to make sure she and her son stay safe in the summer heat.

“I feel like that we’re constantly filling up our water bottles and playing in sprinklers. We love to be outside so anything we can do to stay cool and have fun. Hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, all to protect our bodies, our eyes, and our face from the sun,” she said.

Infants and children up to 4 years old are at the greatest risk for heat-related illness.

The CDC recommends children wear loose clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen of at least SPF 15.

They also encourage parents to be sure their children are staying hydrated while playing outside.

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