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Ouachita deputies have tips to beat the heat

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Ouachita Sheriff Jay Russell is releasing some tips for not making the heat become your worst enemy.

Sheriff Jay Russell would like to remind everyone to keep some safety tips in mind while having fun in the sun this season!

The mercury is rising!

With the temperature rising so are the heat-related injuries! Staying hydrated in hot weather can help reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Keep water or electrolyte drinks on hand to maintain hydration, and try to stay in a shady or air-conditioned location during the hottest parts of the afternoon.

Kids are more susceptible to heat illnesses than adults are. Strenuous activity and dehydration make it difficult for young bodies to regulate changes in body temperature, and chronic health conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease and medicines such as antihistamines also increase the risk. Kids are also at risk for heat illnesses if left in a hot car — even if the windows are cracked and even if it's only for a few minutes. Never leave a child unattended in a car.

Water safety!

Jumping in the pool is a favorite choice for staying cool! Take heed to some water safety tips to help keep your friends and family safe this year!

• Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water
• Set water safety rules for the whole family based on swimming abilities (inexperienced swimmers should stay in shallow end of pool)
• Enter headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions
• Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body's ability to stay warm
• Never leave a child unobserved around water. Your eyes must be on the child at all times. Adult supervision is recommended
• Enclose the pool completely with a self-locking, self-closing fence with vertical bars

With the Summer season heating up, so are the grills!

• Position the grill away from buildings, out from under eaves, and foot traffic
• Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a grill
• Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flames can flashback up into the container and explode
• Grill only outdoors! If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as garages or tents, barbecue grills pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to carbon monoxide
• Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a 3-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill

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