This summer is heating up! Do you know how to stay safe in the heat?
The summer heat has been intense. And, as we reach the peak of summer, it’s important that we remember some safety tips for hot weather. Of course, the best way to stay safe during those hotter days is to stay indoors and enjoy your central air conditioning system. But, for those occasions that do mandate an outdoor excursion, safety should be at the forefront of your mind.
Here are some things you should keep in mind during extreme heat waves.
Always stay hydrated. Yes, this includes when you go to the pool as well. If you are outside – whether that’s for work or play – make sure you have a water bottle of some sort with you at all times.
Take advantage of shade. There are many ways that you can take advantage of shade. You can set up patio furniture and outdoor spaces in the shade, wear a hat or bring an umbrella.
Be safe at the pool. Not only should you hydrate at the pool, but you should make sure to put on sunblock and shower before you enter the water.
Wear sunblock when you aren’t at the pool. You may directly attribute sunburns to spending too much time at the pool, but you should wear sunblock on exposed areas of your body every day of the summer.
Keep your pets in mind. Our furry friends love the shade too! Make sure you are bringing them indoors during the heat. A shaded dog house isn’t always enough!
Invest in an outdoor fan. If you are having people over during the evening and plan on taking the party outdoors, have a fan ready! Not only can fans help you feel cooler, but they can keep mosquitoes away.
Dress for the weather. And, this isn’t just about wearing shorts and t-shirts. Loose-fitting clothing and lighter clothing is actually a better idea during extreme heat waves.
Work on that lawn during the evenings. You should not be outside working on your yard during the peak temperatures of the day. Push it off as long as you can (just don’t disturb your neighbors).
Do not leave children and pets in hot cars. Even if it is just for a few minutes. You’d be surprised how quickly a car can heat up.
Know the symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. If you or a family member start displaying symptoms of any of these conditions, seek immediate medical attention.
What other things do you try to keep in mind during hotter summer days?