HULL – As the hottest weeks of summer approach, Police Chief John Dunn and Fire Chief Christopher Russo would like to remind Hull residents to take safety precautions during their summer activities, especially those that take place outdoors.
“Even though we are on the ocean, temperatures are still expected to get into the 90s during the weekend and beach goers should try to limit their exposure to the sun and heat as best as they can,” Chief Russo said. “Bring an umbrella, wear light fabric with long sleeves and light colors when not in the water and remember to put on sun screen regularly to prevent sun burns.”
The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to reach into the 90s throughout the weekend in Hull.
Chief Dunn would like to notify residents and beach goers that they should expect higher than normal levels of traffic and delays on the roads throughout the weekend.
“The higher temperatures usually means more people coming to the beach to cool off,” Chief Dunn said. “People should expect additional traffic and delays as Nantasket Beach visitors come and go this weekend.”
To prevent illness and injuries, the Hull Police and Fire Departments recommend the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council:
Heat Safety Tips:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, like water.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 p.m.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too hot.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
- Learn to recognize and treat heat illnesses.
Tips for Parents:
- Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
- Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.