As we get closer to the official start of summer, we’re all looking for ways to keep cool. We like to have fun in the sun, but we also want everyone to stay safe. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the summer without overheating!
💧Stay hydrated — This one seems pretty obvious, but the key is drinking plenty of water both BEFORE you head outside and WHILE you’re in the heat. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink!
☀️ Wear sunscreen — Our last post was full of sunscreen tips, so check that out! Remember, SPF 30+, apply 15 minutes before you’ll be in the sun, and reapply every two hours. And don’t forget your ears and the top of your head if you’re balding or have very short hair (and ladies, your part-line)!
👕 Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing — Tight, synthetic fabrics trap your body heat, so go for loose-fitting cotton. And dark colors absorb sunlight, which means they absorb heat, so go for light-colored fabrics.
🐦🦉Be an early bird or a night owl — Try to schedule or plan outdoor activities first thing in the morning or in the evening, when it’s cooler than midday. Ever noticed how animals seem lazy on hot summer days? 🦥 They instinctively are more active before and after the heat of the day, so follow their lead!
👀 Be aware — If you or someone else experience muscle cramps, nausea, headache, dizziness, fainting, weakness, or rapid heart rate, those are signs of heat exhaustion. Get them into a shaded or air-conditioned area, give them water or another non-alcoholic drink, and apply cool, wet towels.
✴️ If someone’s body temperature rises above 103 degrees, they have stopped sweating, they have rapid breathing, they have headache, dizziness, confusion, or other altered mental status, or they become unresponsive, they might be experiencing heatstroke. Call 911 and move them into the shade or preferably air conditioning, remove unnecessary clothing, apply cool, wet towels or an ice pack to the back of the neck, cover them in cool, wet towels, and monitor their breathing in case they need CPR.