It’s hot! Be smart and play it safe to make sure you beat the heat

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Mary­land sum­mers are hot. And the Eastern Shore in July and Au­gust, amid scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures and a swel­ter­ing, hu­mid at­mos­phere, can be haz­ardous for those who work out­side. And can be deadly for chil­dren and pets left in ve­hi­cles.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ports heat is one of the lead­ing weather-re­lated killers in the coun­try. Hun­dreds of peo­ple die from the heat and heat-re­lated ill­nesses each year.

But ever y sin­gle one of these deaths is eas­ily pre­ventable — if you take the proper pre­cau­tions.

At job sites, the NWS rec­om­mends those who make their liv­ing out­side stay hy­drated and take breaks in the shade as of­ten as pos­si­ble. Whether work­ing or play­ing out­doors, keep all stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity to a min­i­mum. This may mean switch­ing up the nor­mal jog­ging rou­tine to early morn­ing or evening hours or spend­ing more time in the air-con­di­tioned gym in­stead.

Those of you who are young and healthy or are for­tu­nate enough to live and work in an air-con­di­tioned place should make it a pri­or­ity to

PHO­TOS BY KRIS GE­ORGE

Guests of the Wil­liam Paca In­de­pen­dence Day memo­rial event take a mo­ment to rec­og­nize Dan Tabler, a vet­eran and long­time Queen Anne’s County res­i­dent, for his ser­vice to his coun­try and lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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