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Summer Safety

AIRNow
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's air quality site. It includes links to air quality forecasts, ozone maps, 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 - Summer Safety Tips
A comprehensive site about summer safety especially as it relates to children and adolescents. Topics include heat stress, pool safety, boat safety, playground safety, bicycle safety, travel safety and lawn mower safety, among others.
Bureau of Air Monitoring
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's air monitoring site that provides current air quality reports and forecasts. Clicking on a region of the map of New Jersey gives the current ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate levels in the area. The site has links to information about ozone and air pollution, ozone maps, historical ozone data, trends in air quality, and the scale used to determine the Air Quality Index.
Extreme Heat - CDC
Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on preventing heat-related problems. Includes 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 with fireworks safety information, regulations, standards, and the fireworks annual report which contains statistics about fireworks related injuries.
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 and Drought Information: National Weather Service
This site has links to information about the heat index, symptoms of heat related disorders, and prevention of heat related illnesses. Historical information about past major droughts and heat waves. Provides links to current conditions, forecasts, and warnings.
Humane Society of the United States - Tips to Keep Pets Safe this Summer
The Humane Society provides tips on keeping pets safe and healthy in the summer months. Includes pets and cars, vaccinations, and walking your dog in the summer.
Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Resources compiled by the New Jersey Hospital Association covering these insect borne illnesses.
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 - Summer Fun
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. This web page also has links to other related sites.