Health & Wellness

Summer Heat Safety

Summer Heat Safety

With summer pretty much in full swing.. it is easy to get caught up in the rays and summer fun. Avoid the dangers of heat exposure with these summer heat safety tips to have fun and stay safe: 

 Writing this post has me BEACH dreaming about my time spent in  Key West, FL.  Amazing. 

Writing this post has me BEACH dreaming about my time spent in Key West, FL. Amazing. 

Summer Heat Safety Tips:

During the peak heat hours of the day, stay inside. If possible stay inside an air-conditioned building. The most hot hours of the day are typically from mid morning to mid afternoon.

 Dress lightly with lightweight, breathable clothing and even sleeping utilize light weight linens.

 Drink plenty of water!! I cannot preach this enough. Stay hydrated. If participating in strenuous athletic events: try a sports hydrator.  When temperatures are greater than 90 degrees, it’s critical to drink at least a gallon of water per day. Keep in mind too that elderly, obese, and children are most susceptible to dehydration.   

Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine rich, carbonated beverages when temperatures are high. They can have diuretic effects and lead to dehydration and heat exhaustion much faster than normal. 

Help not only with energy costs but keep your house cooler with lowering blinds and curtains from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.

Especially if you workout outdoors, try moving your exercise routine to early morning or later in the evening.

NEVER ever leave a person or a pet in the car in hot conditions. EVEN if it is just a quick trip.  People (meaning children in particular) and animals can succumb to heat exposure and death very quickly in a hot car. Cars can become overheated quickly. It’s never safe.

Properly supervise children when they are playing outdoors for heat exposure or dehydration. This means closely and frequently. 

 ALWAYS seek medical care right away if you become nauseous, begin vomiting or experience cramps. Educate yourself on the signs heat exposure and dehydration. 

You can even use small appliances like slow cookers, crockpots, and toaster ovens rather than your the oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum. This isn’t applicable in all instances but it can lead to some variety or creative ways to make other meals.