Well, we got our first taste of true summer temperatures this week and if that’s any indication of what’s to come, you need to know how to keep cool. The summer heat can be dangerous if you’re not careful, but staying indoors for three whole months isn’t a realistic option. To help you stay safe and comfortable, we’ve got a few tips to share.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Now, we all know how important drinking enough water is, but even those who drink the recommended amount each day will need to adjust to the temperatures. Experts recommend consuming at least a gallon of fluids per day, but that goes up in areas that are especially humid or for people with health risks. Plus, if you add carbonated, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages into that mix, they actually lead to dehydration. So, you’re going to need to compensate accordingly.
For some people, water just isn’t enough. While you should beware of having too many sugary sports drinks, sometimes, you need beverages with more electrolytes to stay hydrated. As a healthier alternative, try coconut water! We recommend using these after exercising or throughout the day when it’s particularly hot.
While short shorts and flip-flops aren’t exactly appropriate office attire, there are other ways to stay cool without violating the dress code. Try to wear light, neutral tones that are loose and breathable. This will naturally reflect light and allow air to circulate even when you’re wearing pants. Typically, natural materials like cotton are better for this season.
These rules apply to your sleepwear too! The last thing you want is for heat and sweat to interfere with your sleep schedule. So, unless you’re planning on cranking the AC, trade in your usual pajamas and covers for something a little better suited to summer.
Adjust your Schedule
If you love to exercise and be outside, there’s no reason for you to avoid these activities throughout the season. You just need to be more strategic about when you do them. Traditionally, the day is hottest between midmorning and midafternoon, so you can easily shift your outdoor pursuits to either early morning or early evening. At this point, it’s often light out until 9:00 PM, so take advantage of those extra hours!
That way, you can remain indoors (in the air conditioning) during the warmest times. To keep your energy costs down at home, try to close blinds and curtains during this same time. It’ll block excess sunlight from entering your windows and heating up your house. If you can stay on the lowest level while you’re at it, do so. After all, heat rises, so second- and third-floor rooms will be the hardest to keep cool this summer.
Supervise Those at Risk
Since children, elderly individuals, and those with preexisting medical conditions tend to be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, they require a little more attention during summer. Try to review some of these basic tips with them, as well as check on them more frequently. You may also want to display resources for local heat hotlines, in addition to warning signs for problems like heat exposure/heat stroke.
If you plan on using a pool to beat the heat, then be prepared to provide extra supervision—that brings its own set of safety concerns. Most importantly, while caring for everyone else, don’t forget to look after yourself! If you start to experience nausea, cramps, or vomiting, please seek medical attention right away. After all, you need to maintain your own health before you can effectively help anyone else.
At Freedom Insurance Agency, Inc. we wish all of our clients, friends, and community members a safe and happy summer! We hope this advice keeps your healthy and cool over the next few months, but if you’re worried about missing work due to a heat-related illness or other medical problem, call our office to discuss your options for disability insurance.