EPA: Children more susceptible to summer sun

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Laura Thomas - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – School is out, the temperatures are up and experts are saying parents should take precautions if their children play outside in the heat.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, heat is the number one weather related killer.

The Environmental Protection Agency says children are more vulnerable to heat-related problems than adults because often they spend more time outside.

Children are also more likely to become dehydrated and might not be able to notice if they start to get sick.

The EPA suggests if children are irritable, have decreased physical activity, or dry mouth that these are signs of dehydration. Parents should take their children inside to cool off and make sure they have plenty of water to drink.

At Kid Zone daycare in Myrtle Beach, Julie Boggess says they have set up an area for kids to play indoors and away from the sun.

"For the kids to have an outlet to get out some of their energy and to be able to run around and jump around without getting overheated," Boggess explained.

If there is a heat advisory in place Boggess says the kids do not play outside for long amounts of time.

"Typically we'll take our kids out 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon," Boggess said.  "When there's a heat advisory, it's ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the afternoon."

Boggess also adds that when the children do come back inside, they drink plenty of water to make sure to stay hydrated.

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