When you think of summer, you might imagine sunny days and fun times. Though you may think of summer as being a joyous time, there are drawbacks too. Some people even claim that summer can be dangerous if you are not careful. Dangers exist during the summer that do not occur in other seasons, such as heatstroke and other heat-related injuries. In Florida, temperatures can become hot and humid in the summer, which can have negative effects on small children and the elderly. In this blog, we will discuss the different dangers that occur during the summer and how you can act to prevent them.
Heat exhaustion is a condition that occurs when the weather is exceedingly hot. Some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating and rapid pulse. These symptoms are directly related to your body overheating. People who are undergoing heat exhaustion will experience fatigue, cramps, nausea, headaches, and low blood pressure when standing. If the symptoms are not addressed, heatstroke can occur.
Heatstroke is a condition caused by the body rapidly overheating. Typically, this condition occurs when a subject is exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. If a person’s body temperature rises above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, it could mean the onset of a more serious form of heatstroke. The symptoms of heatstroke include, but are not limited to:
If you or someone you know is currently battling heatstroke, you must call for medical attention immediately. When it comes to heatstroke, if the body reaches a certain temperature, the result could be fatal. Because of this, it is exceedingly important to monitor how long you stay in the sun and how much sunlight exposure you are receiving. Of course, a little sun won’t harm you. But, it is important that if temperatures rise too high that you try to limit the amount of time you, and your loved ones, are outside. Heatstroke is very dangerous for young children and adult over 65. The elderly are the most affected demographic group of this condition, as nervous systems tend to deteriorate over time. Because of this, the elderly aren’t able to keep their bodies from overheating.
Because of the risk of overheating during hot summer days, sometimes it is best to stay indoors, rather than risk a serious heat-related condition.
Hiking is a great idea when the weather warms up. The only issue with hiking in the summer is that temperatures can be unpredictable and rise to be higher than expected. Hiking, in this way, can be dangerous if you are traveling alone or in an area you don’t know. For example, if you are hiking on an unfamiliar trail and suddenly start having heatstroke-related symptoms, you may be miles from nearby help. Because engaging in strenuous activity during the summer months can be dangerous, it is best to hike either in the morning or the late evening. And, it is also important to always bring a hiking buddy along with you when you hike. Together, you will both be able to keep each other safe.
When hiking, or outside in general, it is possible that you will run into an animal of some kind. In the summer, animals, such as snakes, like to lounge and soak in the sunlight. Because they are cold-blooded animals, they use the sunlight to warm their bodies to maintain movement. If you, or your loved ones, are outside, you may have the unfortunate pleasure of running into a snake — worse, you may even run into a poisonous one. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year. Of those several thousands of people, only five die a year. Though the likelihood of dying from a snake bite is very rare, a poisonous snake bite can be excruciatingly painful. So, if you are planning to go outside, it is best to go so during the cooler times of the day and somewhere you know there will not be snakes.
If you’re thinking that going to the water for summer activities will be safer than land, you would be wrong. Although swimming in the ocean can protect against serious conditions like heatstroke, other dangers lurk in the water as well. For example, there were over 80 unprovoked shark attacks in 2017. Florida, alone, made up one-third of the unprovoked shark attacks, as more than 30 people were sent to the hospital for a shark bite.
Sharks will often not attack unless provoked and enjoy swimming in warmer water. For surfers, shark attacks are more common, as surfers wading in the water takes on a resemblance to a shark’s favorite meal, a seal. However, sharks have been known to attack people closer to the shore as well. In 2017, a three-year-old was bitten by a shark and was immediately sent to the hospital. The attack was not fatal, however, it does prove the dangers of the ocean during the summer months.
At Rebounderz, we guarantee your loved ones are safe from any harm. In our indoor trampoline park, your little one can rebound the whole afternoon, safe from snakes, sharks, and overheating in the hot sun. In our air-conditioned, controlled environment, your child can have fun, while still enjoying exercise. Bring your child to Rebounderz, and let them experience our Ninja Warrior obstacle course, trampoline arena, and so much more!