Closer Look: Summer Safety — What You Should Know About The Heat Related Illnesses & How To Practice Safe Swimming

Today's special edition of Closer Look with Rose Scott is dedicated to tips and resources for practicing summer safety.
Today's special edition of Closer Look with Rose Scott is dedicated to tips and resources for practicing summer safety.
Credit Grace Walker

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

It’s a special edition of the program dedicated to what you need to know to practice summer safety.

  • 0:00: First, Rose gives a news brief that the nation’s farmers, in areas devastated by tornadoes, wildfires, flooding and other natural disasters will soon see financial relief including here in Georgia. Yesterday, the house approved a $19.1 billion disaster aid package. The measure already passed the Senate and now just needs President Donald Trump’s signature — there’s also funding for Puerto Rico still rebuilding after 2017 hurricanes.
  • 2:26: Georgia and other areas in the Southeast have seen high temperatures in the past week, with some parts of the state breaking records for the month of May. We learn about the signs and symptoms of heat related-illnesses from Dr. Vida Reklaitis, medical director of the Emergency Department for Northside Hospital.
  • 17:41: We continue our conversation about summer safety with Meghan Vaughn of Fulton County’s Department of Senior Services. She shares resources available to those in the aging community this summer as well as minor repair home projects people can use to stay cool, such as installing ceiling fans.
  • For more information call (404) 613-6000 or email seniorservices@fultoncountyga.gov
  • 36:19: We finish today’s program with a conversation about swim safety and the importance of access to swim classes, particularly for underserved communities and communities of color. A conversation with Sabir Muhammad, ten-time American Swimming Record Holder, former member of the USA National Swim Team and founder of the Atlanta Swim School, Anthony Boatwright who has worked as a swim instructor for over a decade, and Ezra Jones, head of the Atlanta Swim School.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.