Denver Summer Safety Tips to Beat the Heat

Summer in Denver brings opportunities for more outdoor fun. But, being the Mile-High City also means that we’re closer to the sun’s rays in summer, so safety in the sun and high temperatures is a necessity. We’ve created a list of local resources that includes everything from advice on sun protection to avoiding heat stroke, to help you enjoy a safe and healthy summer.

Play safe in the park: At public playgrounds, look for materials such as wood chips, mulch or rubber mats around equipment. These provide safe surfaces for kids to play on.

When you take your kids out to enjoy a day of summer fun, sun protection isn’t the only safety concern. Denver Health’s useful website offers tips for playing safely at the playground and the water park, as well as information on finding the proper bicycling helmet and fireworks regulations.

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Denver families know to use waterproof UV protection when they hit the pool. Photo by Kona Gallagher, via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Practice safe sun exposure: Sunblock with broad spectrum UV protection is recommended for daily use, but the only “safe” tan comes from a bottle of self-tanner, according to the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.

Many teenagers think tans are all the rage, so the Children’s Hospital of Colorado created a page devoted entirely to protecting your skin in the sun. But they remind teens that the only safe tans come from a can. The site also warns of the dangers of melanoma, and advises on how to use sunscreens with broad spectrum UV protection properly.

Stay healthy during summer sports: The NFL’s Beat The Heat Campaign reminds us that athletes need up to two weeks of light practice time to adjust to warmer temperatures.

The Beat the Heat program offers tips on preventing and treating heat-related illness for athletes. A key component includes the 4 downs of heat safety — preventing, preparing, properly hydrating and planning for heat emergencies. The program also encourages proper nutrition and hydration before, during and after training.

Photo by: Lance Cpl. John M. Raufmann, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by: Lance Cpl. John M. Raufmann, via Wikimedia Commons

Grill safely: Hamburgers should be cooked to at least 160 degrees to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria; other foods need higher temps to be safe, according to Colorado State University.

Denver summer safety includes safe outdoor food preparation, and to this end, Colorado State University has created a safe grilling guide. Top tips include having a food thermometer on hand to ensure meats are adequately cooked, eating any perishable items within 1 hour if the temperature is over 90 degrees, and pre-cooking foods at home, when possible.

Monitor your pets: Although any dog can suffer from heat exhaustion, the Denver Dog Owners Group says short-nosed breeds, such as Pugs, are more vulnerable because restricted airflow can keep them from breathing rapidly enough to properly cool off.

Heat exhaustion afflicts our furry friends, too, so the Denver Dog Owners Group asks us to be cognizant of dangers – such as being left in hot cars or exercising outdoors during sweltering days. If a pet seems unsteady on its feet and/or has a body temperature over 104 degrees, immediate cooling using a cold bath and trip to the vet are imperative.

Dress appropriately on outdoor excursions: Hats and caps can help protect against sunburn and insects.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy camping in the great outdoors. The Children’s Hospital of Colorado offers advice for families on choosing proper clothing; setting up a campsite; first-aid essentials and maintaining a reliable water supply in the wilderness.

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