Summer means lots of time outdoors at parks, sporting events, and BBQs. Learn how to keep yourself and your children safe this summer while still enjoying the outdoors and all that summer has to offer!
Have your children drink a glass of water one to two hours before going outdoors. Encourage them to drink before they get thirsty to keep their body hydrated.
Use Your Pulse Points
Know your body’s pulse points in order to cool down faster! Pulse points are areas of the body where you can feel your pulse, including your neck, wrists, and the inside of your elbows and knees. Wrap a damp, cool towel around these spots to cool your body down faster!
This one is a given, but it’s not just for drinking! Did you know spritzing yourself with water can help keep you cool as well? Carry a spray bottle with you on hot days when you’ll be outdoors and spritz away whenever you’re feeling warm.
It’s Okay to Take a Break
Let your child know it’s okay to tell their teachers or camp counselors when they need a break. Let them know they should find a nice shady spot, drink plenty of water, and cool down for a few before returning to the fun!
Know The Signs of Heat Exhaustion
Teach your kids the signs of heat exhaustion including fatigue, headaches, and discomfort. Staying cool and hydrated can help them avoid heat exhaustion!
Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Day!
Drinking only water can get a little boring, but fruits and veggies that have a high water content that can help you and your family stay hydrated! Snacking on watermelon, cucumbers, carrots or grapes are a tasty way to stay hydrated. Or add these fruits and veggies to water to spice up your drink and add some flavor to your day!
Wear Loose, Light-Weight, Light-Colored Clothing
Dark clothing attracts the heat and makes you warmer. Wearing light clothing helps to keep the sun off your skin and keeps you cool. Wearing a wide brim hat can help keep the sun off your face and shoulders keeping you a little cooler.
Don’t Forget Fido!
Dogs can overheat and dehydrate just like humans. Make sure they have plenty of cool clean water available to them at all times. Limit their time outdoors during the day and make sure that if they are outdoors, they have a cool shady place to relax. It’s best to keep them indoors in a cool environment during the height of the heat to ensure their safety.
Have fun and stay safe this summer!