State Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has published a list of reminders for summer safety.
- Make sure your home is not a target for burglars. Unattended newspapers and circulars that accumulate on the front steps and lawn advertise that you are not home. Prevent this from happening by displaying a sign in the window: “Do Not Place Unsolicited Circulars on This Property.” Leave lights on a timer as a deterrent against criminals.
- Never. Ever. Never leave children in a parked vehicle. Cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Even with the windows cracked, interior temperatures rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes. Unsupervised children are at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. The same preccautions apply to pets.
- Excessive heat can be a real concern, particularly for the elderly and the very young. Drink enough water, and check on people 65 and older at least twice a day.
- People should stay inside or go to an air-conditioned area whenever possible during a heat wave. If you have to go outdoors, limit activity to morning and evening hours. Look for shaded areas to keep cool.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, a hat with a brim and use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
“These safety tips may seem like common sense,” said Felder, whose office is distributing signs to constituents. “Unfortunately, each summer, we hear heartbreaking stories in our community that could have been avoided with proper planning.”