Whether you love hot weather or wither away if temperatures go above 80, it’s important to know how to live with soaring temperatures this summer. Everyone is equally susceptible to heat stroke, sunburn, or dehydration. Knowing the right way to take care of yourself and loved ones will ensure that everyone will survive the summer and even enjoy it. Here are five tips for beating the heat and getting the most out of summer, no matter how hot it gets.
1. Create Shade And Be Vigilant About Sun Protection
Sun exposure is the biggest concern during summer. The best way to avoid burns or heatstroke is to limit time spent in direct sunlight. If that’s just not possible, there are some things you can do to remain protected. Wearing a high spf sunscreen provides great protection. Just to be sure to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.
Make sure all areas exposed to the sun are covered. It can be easy to overlook the scalp, nose, ears, or tops of feet. Wearing a hat and long sleeves helps too. Creating your own shade is another good way to make sure the sun doesn’t do damage. A portable canopy works great because it can go anywhere and can be set up and taken down so easily. These canopies are available in several sizes and styles, so you can choose the one that’s best for your lifestyle.
2. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is so common during the summer which is a shame because it can be so easily prevented. Bringing cool, fresh water along with you has become easier than ever. Refillable water bottles keep you hydrated and cut down on plastic use too. Children and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration, so make sure they have access to plenty of fresh water.
3. Protect Pets
Pets need to be cared for when temperatures soar too. Sun damage and dehydration can happen to pets just as easily, if not easier than with humans. Making sure your dog or cat has access to fresh cool water at all times will help them get through the summer heat. Sun protection for pets is something pet owners often forget. Cats and dogs, especially those with lighter colored furs, can get sunburned too. Make sure they have a shady, cool place to rest if they must stay outside.
4. Keep Your Home Cool
Air conditioning will definitely keep you cool, but if you don’t have ac there are other tips that can cool a home as well. Placing fans in front of windows or doors brings cool air in. Closing curtains or blinds on windows facing the sun keeps heat out and cool air in. Take advantage of cool night temperatures by opening windows and letting that cool air in with fans.
5. Limit Outdoor Activities
Playing sports or exercising in high temps is probably not a good idea, but if it must be done following some of the tips above will ensure you survive.