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Safety Tips for the Summer Heat
Broward County > Government > District 6 - Sue Gunzburger > Newsletters > Safety Tips for the Summer Heat

Summer is here and for many, that may mean enjoying the sun and being more active outside. Broward County Parks and Recreation's Extension Education Program advises residents that if they plan on being active this summer to drink lots of water to stay safe and healthy while having fun. When our bodies lose too much water, we get dehydrated. Common signs that someone is dehydrated include being very thirsty, having headaches, feeling dizzy and nauseous and/or not sweating. In order to beat the summer heat while enjoying summer fun, follow these helpful tips:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking 8 to 10 cups of water or fluids daily.
  • Drink 2 cups of water or fluid two hours before you plan on being active. Try to sip the water or fluid slowly when you drink it.
  • Drink 2 to 4 cups of water or fluid each hour while you are being active.
  • Drink 3 cups of water or fluid for every pound you lose after being active.
For anyone who suspects they or someone they know have been too active in the sun, the following safety tips are offered:

  • Stop the activity immediately.
  • Get out of the sun; find a place with shade to rest.
  • Slowly sip water or some kind of cool fluid.
  • Go and get checked out by your healthcare provider to make sure you are okay.

It is Christmas in July and you can help Homeless Children in Broward by Donating to Christmas In July. Christmas In July is an annual event cosponsored by Broward County and Kiwanis Divisions 23 and 24 to help homeless children residing in Broward County get ready for the upcoming school year. You can help by donating NEW clothing, shoes, underwear and toys that will be distributed at the annual Christmas in July event. Your gift can make a tremendous difference in a child's life. Donation boxes are located at the Governmental Center, Government Center West, all County Courthouses and branch libraries through July 9.

Update: I am pleased to report t he year-round 365 Food Drive has collected over two tons of food since January 1. For July, you can show your patriotism by donating anything that comes in a red, white or blue container. The buy-one-get-one promotions at our local stores are a great way to help feed the hundreds of hungry residents of Broward County. Collection boxes are located at the Government Centers, all County Courthouses and branch libraries. Your donation benefits all local food banks.

This month we celebrate July 4th, Independence Day in America. It is perhaps one of the most important national holidays of the year. Did you know it was the vision of the great leader and President, John Adams, that we celebrate July 4th with family gatherings and fireworks? As we celebrate America's independence it's important to reflect on those who brought us liberty and freedom and to honor those who continue the fight to protect our independence. The Fourth of July always reminds me of how very proud I am to be an American and how grateful I am to serve as your Broward County Commissioner. Thank you for this privilege.

I welcome your ideas or hearing your concerns. You reach my office at 954-357-7006 or send me an e-mail at sgunzburger@broward.org. I hope that you are enjoying the summer and Happy July 4th to you and yours!