The dog days of summer are in full swing. While there is much fun to be had in the sun, we need to take some extra precautions when it heats up.
- Caution with cars. We know how dangerous it is to leave loved ones in a hot car. It’s also important to lock your car once everyone is out. There have been cases where individuals have climbed into a car and either fallen asleep or were unable to get out. Cars should always be locked to help keep wanderers safe, but it is especially important in the summer months.
- Watch your wanderers. Nice weather means more time outside – dining al fresco, playing in fields, going on hikes. If you look after a loved one who elopes, this can be a huge stress. Bright t-shirts are helpful. It’s also important to alert neighbors, law enforcement, and others in your community to look out for your wanderer. Provide your phone number and a description of your child. You might want to consider a wristband with emergency contact information on it as well. For more ideas on how to look after an eloper read this and this.
- Beware of water.Drowning can happen in a flash. If there is a source of water nearby, keep an extra eye on those who could be in danger. Enlist those around you to do the same. All it takes is a 30 second trip to the bathroom for someone to sneak away.
- Stay cool.Heat exhaustion/stroke can happen to anyone. Signs of heat exhaustion include headache, nausea, confusion, dizziness, sweating, and pale skin. If your loved one cannot tell you he or she is feeling those things, pay close attention to their body language. If they are acting out or refusing to do something they normally would want to do, honor that. Let them cool off. Excessive heat can be deadly. If cool down efforts don’t seem to improve the mood, you should consider seeking medical attention.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Difficulty communicating can also lead to dehydration. Some people are afraid to ask or don’t realize they are thirsty until dehydration has already set in. Be sure to offer water throughout the day and remind others to do the same if you’re not around.