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Summer Safety

AIRNow
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's air quality site. Find local air quality conditions and forecasts by zip code or state. It includes ozone, particle pollution, and what you can do to reduce air pollution. The Publications link includes information about the air quality index, smog, and the health effects of ozone. The publications are also available in Spanish.
American Academy of Pediatrics - Sun and Water Safety Tips
Information about summer safety especially as it relates to children and adolescents. Topics include heat stress, pool safety, and open-water swimming.
Bureau of Air Monitoring
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's air monitoring site that provides current air quality readings and forecasts. See current air status by pollutant type.
Extreme Heat - CDC
Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on preventing heat-related problems. Includes an extreme heat prevention guide, information on heat stress in the elderly, and heat stress resources for people who must work outside.
Fireworks Safety
Web page from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Safety tips when using fireworks and additional information such as state rules on use of fireworks, and firework injury statistics.
Food Safety while Hiking, Camping, and Boating
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service discusses outdoor food safety. Describes using a food thermometer, keeping foods cold, and purifying water. This site also makes suggestions about what types of foods are best to bring on an outdoor expedition.
Heat Index Chart/Conversion Calculator
This web page provides charts for determining the Heat Index - one is based on temperature & dewpoint and one is based on temperature & relative humidity. The web page also gives the calculation used to generate the heat index value, and a calculator tool.
Heat Awareness - National Weather Service
This site has links to information about the heat index, symptoms of heat related disorders, and first aid.
Humane Society of the United States - Tips to Keep Pets Safe in the Heat
The Humane Society provides tips on keeping pets safe and healthy in the summer months. Includes exercise and pets in cars.
Thunderstorm and Camping Safety
This web site provides advice about encountering severe weather while outdoors. Topics include lightning, flash floods, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - Summer Safety Tips
Tips on avoiding emergency room visits this summer. Topics discussed include biking, yard work, skateboarding, swimming pools, grills, trampolines, and many others.
UV Index
This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency site explains the UV Index and discusses sun safety. Search for the UV Index in a particular area by zip code. The site also contains additonal links about protection from overexposure to the sun.
Veterinary Medicine: Summer Safety
The web guide for Veterinary Medicine at About.com talks about summer safety for pets. Among the subjects discussed are heat stroke, housing for your pet, safety while traveling, and water safety.