10 Aug SHA Summer Safety: Heatwave Edition
Summer is a time for relaxation, adventure, and creating fun memories with our friends and family. It’s also a time when temperatures can soar to degrees that can potentially be dangerous. South Hills Academy makes it a point to look out for the safety of all our students and their families and would like to take a moment to remind our eagles how they can help protect themselves during a heatwave.
One of the most important things you can do is to stay hydrated. According to the American Red Cross, drinking enough water is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat-related illness. An average person needs to drink about three-quarters of a gallon of fluid daily. Staying hydrated also goes for any beloved furry members of your families! To help encourage more drinking of water, SHA, with the partnership of the Parent Teacher Committee (PTC), installed water bottle refilling stations last school year. This will continue to be a school initiative to bring more of these types of water fountains to our school.
Replace salt and minerals throughout the day. Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from your body that need to be replaced. A sports drink or a snack can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
Schedule outdoor work and other activities carefully. Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, such as morning and evening hours. An evening walk with the kids is a great way to unwind at the end of the day and spend time together. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.
Finally, learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms and instructions on what to do can be found on the American Red Cross website as well as www.weathersafety.gov
Everyone at South Hills Academy hopes that our students and their families stay safe, cool, and happy during the rest of summer and we look forward to welcoming you back to the eagles nest soon!