Keys to Summer Heat Safety
Last summer the news was full of stories of people and animals suffering from heat stroke from being out in the sun and heat too long. While summer temperatures are exciting after a long winter, it’s important to remember that it can be dangerous too. There are a few major keys to summer heat safety to remember this year so that we can avoid the news stories this year. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe with these safety tips!
- Water: We can’t talk about summer heat safety without talking about staying hydrated. High temperatures make your body sweat which can quickly dehydrate you if you aren’t mindful of it. Drinking plenty of cool water can stave off heat exhaustion and hospital visits that dehydration can lead to. This one’s a no-brainer. If you have a hard time remembering to drink water, carrying a reusable water bottle can be a good solution. Try our Tonic Water Bottle that allows you to carry 27 ounces of water (plus it’s a super trendy bottle). A collagen regimen with Traditional Tonic Nourishing Collagen can also help your skin and body retain its hydration.
- Sun Protection: Another no-brainer, we have to talk about sun protection. One of the most dangerous aspects of summer heat is the sun’s rays. Protect yourself by limiting time outdoors and wearing sunscreen. Check out our article on how to pick the right sunscreen before you use one that doesn’t have everything it needs! Also, sunscreen should be reapplied every few hours rather than just at the beginning of the day.
- Light Clothing: Clothing choice is an important factor in keeping yourself cool in summer heat but that doesn’t mean you need to wear revealing clothing. In fact, you should wear clothing that covers your skin to protect yourself from sunburn. Choose light-colored clothing that reflects the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them to avoid getting over-heated. Also choose breathable fabrics that won’t insulate your body too much.
- Avoid Hot Cars: Because of the nature of most of the summer injury news-stories, we also need to mention the importance of avoiding hot situations like cars that aren’t running. Cars sitting in the summer heat can quickly reach excessively-high internal temperatures that are unsafe for humans and animals. Remember that if you’re going to be sitting in the car to leave the AC on or at least roll down the windows and don’t spend too much time in a stationary car this summer. There are much better places to be, anyway!