If someone is suffering from heat stroke, immediately call 911 and immerse the person in, or douse them with, cold water, Hawkins advised.
When you go hiking, wear hiking shoes with a good grip. Never climb on or around waterfalls and never play in the stream or river above a waterfall.
Watch children carefully and stay on designated trails and observation decks and platforms, Hawkins said.
Be cautious around steep drop-offs. Stay one body length away from the edge of cliffs and don’t climb or walk over rocks at the edge of cliffs as they may be unstable.
“Although our wilderness and emergency medicine teams help train rescue squads and first responders from across the region, injuries often occur in remote areas that are very difficult for emergency crews to access,” Hawkins said in a Wake Forest Baptist news release.
“We are fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of natural resources and opportunities to enjoy nature, and by always being prepared and responsible and exercising good judgment, we and our loved ones can safely enjoy the great outdoors,” he added.
The U.S.-based National Safety Council has more on summer safety.
SOURCE: Wake Forest Baptist Health, news release, May 18, 2021