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Firefighters offers tips for summer heat safety

With the hot summer heat here, more people in the fire district are enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately the sun’s heat and fair weather activities such as swimming, hiking, picnicking, and lawn mowing all present their share of hazards. 

To help ensure that everyone in the district enjoys a safe summer, Mill City Volunteer Firemen offers these tips:

• Drink plenty of water before, during and after strenuous work out in the heat. Take frequent small drinks, which are more effective than gulping down large amounts at once. 

• When possible, schedule heavy work for the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evenings. Take frequent breaks and lower the work load as the heat increases. 

• Never leave children alone in a car during the summer, even for a few minutes with the windows rolled down.

• Protect yourself from the sun. Over exposure can lead to eye problems, sunburns, and even skin cancer. Make sure to use sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15 whenever you are in sun for any extended time.  Minimize your exposure when the sun’s rays are the strongest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also remember burn season is closed – no burning is allowed. Campfires are still allowed as long as they are kept to a reasonable size and are monitored at all times.  

For more fire- and medical-related information, contact the Mill City Volunteer Fire Department at 503-897-2390.

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