How to stay safe in the heat

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With summertime here, being safe while enjoying outdoor activities is top of mind for Central Floridians.

The heat is the big danger in the summer. Safety experts are urging others to take precautions after a 9-month-old Rockledge girl died in a hot car. Leaving children and pets in vehicles during the hot summer months can have serious repercussions.

Authorities are reminding drivers that leaving children in a vehicle for 15 minutes, even with the motor running, puts their health at risk. On a 90 degree day, the temperature in a car can rise to 110 degrees in only ten minutes, according to deputies.

Experts suggest you leave something in your backseat, like your cellphone, so you remember to check the back seat. 

The risks include heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.

Taking your family to the beach? Rip currents are also a big concern on the coast. Rip currents are channels of fast-moving water that can pull swimmers away from the shore.

Volusia County officials offered the following rip current tips

  • If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm and do not fight the current. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current and then swim to the shore.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the current, calmly float or tread water. If you are unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by waving or yelling for help.

Volusia County Beach Safety officials said they have been flying yellow flags for moderate rip current conditions earlier this week. You can monitor rip current alerts on's severe weather alerts.

Protecting yourself from the sun while outdoors is also a necessity, especially in the summer months. New sunscreen labels will be more specific about the protection you're getting from UVA and more powerful UVB rays.

Read more about the new labels by clicking here.

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