With summer in full swing, it’s important to be aware of the danger the heat can present here in the South. Here are five tips for staying cool in the coming summer months.
Drink plenty of fluids
You’ve probably heard it all your life, but it still rings true. Staying hydrated is essential for our body to ward off heat-related injuries and illnesses like heatstroke and fever. Our body releases sweat to stay cool, but if we don’t ingest enough fluids, we will quickly run out. Water is best, but sports drinks can also help restore electrolytes, but be sure not to overhydrate.
Wear appropriate clothing
It seems like a no-brainer, but it’s still important to remember. Wear clothing suitable for the weather. Try not to wear the three-piece suit on a sultry triple-digit day. Instead, opt for shorts and a light-colored short-sleeved shirt or tank top, if you can.
Avoid the sun
From drawing the blinds in your home to using more sunscreen, this one can help you beat the heat. Dermatologists actually recommend wearing sunscreen every day (even on cloudy days) to protect against harmful rays, but suggest at least an SPF of 50 during the summer months. Aside from sunscreen, try to limit sun exposure by staying in the shade when outdoors.
Summer in Arkansas is neither the time nor the place to prove yourself. The Heat will win every time. When doing yard work or working your shift, be sure to take regular breaks. These are perfect times to rehydrate and sit in the shade. It can be easy to hit your limit without realizing it, as you are used to doing more work in the cooler months, so keep an eye on the temperature and don’t feel pressured to do more than that. that you feel comfortable with.
Make sure others stay cool and hydrated. This will help you stay aware of how you handle the heat. Make sure any seniors you know have air conditioning and are safe.
It is everyone’s responsibility to take the heat seriously. Follow these tips to keep you and your loved ones safe as the temperature rises.