Omaha Public Radio News
2:56 am
Fri June 6, 2008

Douglas County Health Department shares summer safety tips

Omaha, NE – Warm late spring weather means more people are outside working and playing. The Douglas County Health Department has tips to make that outside work and play safe.

Health Department Resource Specialist Phil Rooney says if possible, people working outside should wear long pants and shirts to avoid injury from objects thrown by equipment. Use the equipment only when it's dry out, and keep it unplugged and away from children when not in use. Also, you should wear sunscreen and a mosquito repellent, and work outside during cooler parts of the day if possible.

Rooney says children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are the most affected by hot weather. During the summer, you should drink plenty of water, avoid being outside during the hottest parts of the day, and avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine, or a lot of sugar.

The first day of summer is June 21st. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be at or above 80 degrees.