Dear Friends,

As the heatwave approaches this July, I want to make sure you stay cool and stay safe. When the thermostat cruises past 90°, the sweltering temperatures can pose significant risks, but with the right precautions, you can keep your cool and protect yourself and your loved ones.

The Dangers of Extreme Heat

Summer is a time for fun, but high temperatures can be dangerous. Heatwaves aren’t just uncomfortable—under the right, or should I say wrong circumstances, they can be deadly. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are real threats. But don’t let yourself get too concerned; there are simple steps you can take to stay safe and beat the heat.

Essential Heatwave Safety Tips

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can dehydrate you. A Coke may taste good, but in reality, it does nothing to quench your thirst while spiking your sugar at the same time.
  2. Stay Indoors: During peak heat hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), try to stay indoors in a cool, air-conditioned environment. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit a shopping mall, library, or community center.
  3. Dress for the Weather: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in light colors.  Light colors absorb far less heat than darker ones. A wide-brimmed hat can also help protect you from the sun.
  4. Check on Others: Keep an eye on elderly neighbors, family members, and pets. Make sure they are staying cool and hydrated.
  5. Recognize Heat Illness: Know the signs of heat-related illnesses. Symptoms like heavy sweating, weakness, cold or clammy skin, and dizziness are warnings. If you or someone else shows these signs, move to a cooler place, sip water, and seek medical help if needed. Quick action can save lives.

Never Leave Children or Pets in Cars

This is non-negotiable: NEVER leave children or pets in a parked car, even for a minute. Temperatures inside a vehicle can spike rapidly, and the consequences can be fatal. Even with windows cracked, a car can become an oven in minutes.

Be Proactive and Be Safe

You have the power to prevent heat-related tragedies. By taking simple steps like staying hydrated, staying inside when possible, being a steward of your community, checking on friends and neighbors, and NEVER leaving children or pets in a parked car, you can help ensure your family stays safe all summer long. Remember, prevention is the best medicine.

I’m Here for You

I want you to know that I am always here for you. If you or a loved one is ever injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to call my office. Your safety and well-being are my top priorities. Together, we can navigate any legal challenges that come your way.

Stay safe, stay cool, and enjoy your summer responsibly.

Until next time, be safe, check your back seats, and never text while driving.


Paul Samakow

Paul Samakow

Attorney Paul Samakow

703-761-4343 or 301-949-1515

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