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Staying Safe Outdoors on Hot, Summer Days

5 Aug 2021, 4:45 am

The heat is on, and during some of REthe hottest days of summer also comes lots of outdoor activities such as your kids softball game, summer concert series, and even NFL Training Camp.

Whether you’re a spectator or an athlete, it is crucial to make sure you are taking the right steps to stay safe.

First, make sure you always know what the heat index is. The higher it goes, the more likely heat related illnesses will become like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If you find yourself at an outdoor event with heat illness symptoms coming on, make sure you are listening to your body and take care of yourself.

Ways to prevent this from happening include staying hydrated, taking plenty of breaks in the shade or indoors, and also wearing light colored and loose fitting clothes.

Here’s a checklist of what to make sure you have for any outdoor activity this summer:

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Stay safe, and have a fun summer no matter where you are and what you do under the sun.

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Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  Meredith is a weather, space, and STEM journalist and has been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern Cali... Load Morefornia, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in the Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith is the current chair of the American Meteorological Society's Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished journalist, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith was personally invited by NASA's Johnson Space Center to interview astronauts on the International Space Station and was the only meteorologist in the nation to do an exclusive report accompanying the GOES-West satellite from Colorado to Florida, reporting on and covering it's launch in 2018.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane! Say hi on Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn!