DESPITE SUNSHINE, SUMMER WEATHER POSES NEW DANGERS
Heat related injury and illness are often overlooked when considering the dangers of the summer season. Protect yourself by taking action and adhering to the following safety tips:
- When extreme heat is in the forecast, stay indoors if possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body.
- Dress in loose fitting, lightweight, and light colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Protect face and head by wearing a wide brimmed hat.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
For more guidance on what to do when facing extreme heat, visit our Be Informed: Get Ready for Extreme Heat page.
Lightning is Georgia’s #2 weather related killer. During summer, thunderstorms become more frequent; pair that with an increase in outdoor activities, and many Georgians become at risk. To lessen the dangers of summer storms, follow the safety tips below:
- Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected in your area.
- Know your lightning safety rules. For example, if you hear thunder or see lightning, go indoors. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- Stay away from storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of thunderstorms.
More information on preparing for thunderstorms and lightning can be found on our Be Informed: Get Ready for Thunderstorms and Lightning page.