Stay Safe in the Summer Heat, Drink Water

Summer is the prime travel season. It’s when families go on vacation, people get out of school, and normal life pauses in favour of fun in the sun.

     People need to protect themselves in any climate, but it’s especially important during hot spells. Excessive heat can be dangerous if not treated properly. Everyone should know how to behave in summer weather conditions, both natives and visitors alike.

    Here are some tips for staying safe this summer:

1) Drink Water!

     – During warm periods especially it’s vital to hydrate the body to stay healthy. Getting enough water keeps your system moving smoothly and prevents heart-related problems like fatigue or heat cramps. Being well-hydrated also helps keep you cool.

2) Eat light

     – Meals heavy in carbohydrates or fat take longer for the body to digest, which can help keep you cool during times of high temperatures. Instead, opt for foods that are high in water content like fruit and vegetables; they’ll hydrate your system as well as provide essential nutrients.

3) Stay inside

     – If possible avoid travelling or spending time outside. If you must be out, try to stay in shaded areas where there is air movement so you don’t risk excessive heat exposure.

4) Dress Appropriately

     – Wear loose clothing made from natural fibres that breath easily (like cotton). Do not under any circumstances wear tight clothes or synthetic fabrics that do not allow your skin to breathe.

5) Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

     – Both of these substances dehydrate the body, which can worsen your symptoms in high heat conditions. If you do go out to a club or bar, try to alternate water with alcoholic drinks and caffeinated beverages like soda. This will help you maintain hydration without becoming desiccated.

6) Take Care of Your Pets

     – Animals need cooling as much as humans; make sure they have access to shade and fresh water at all times. You should also keep them out of hot cars, even for brief spells: pets left in closed cars on warm days can quickly overheat and become sick or die from hyperthermia (excessive heating).

7) Look Out for the Elderly

    – The elderly are at risk in times of high heat, especially if they take prescription drugs. Any person not used to hot weather conditions should avoid going out during peak hours (10 am-4 pm).

8) Know When It’s Too Hot to Travel

     – If you’re travelling by car make sure that it has plenty of shade and water available. You should also carry an emergency kit including food, water, sunscreen, a flashlight with extra batteries/bulbs, flares or triangles, tools for changing tires etc. If you’re flying check ahead to see if your airline provides services like water and cooling fans while waiting on the runway.

9) Seek Shelter from Direct Sunlight

     – Never sit directly in the sun if you can avoid it, looking out from a window or wearing sunglasses isn’t enough. If possible stay in well-shaded areas away from direct sunlight during peak hours.

10) Check on Friends and Neighbors

     – If someone could be affected by high heat conditions it’s important to be proactive about checking upon them. The elderly or sick should have a neighbour or friend they can call who will come to check on them if need be; this is especially true for those living alone without AC/central heating. In addition to these tips, remember that alcohol, cigarettes, and illegal drugs all dehydrate the body as well so avoid those as much as possible during the summer months.   

Be sure to drink plenty of water if you want to avoid heat-related illnesses. With these tips, you’ll stay cool and hydrated this summer!

Summer is the prime travel season. It’s when families go on vacation, people get out of school, and normal life pauses in favour of fun in the sun.      People need to protect themselves in any climate, but it’s especially important during hot spells. Excessive heat can be dangerous if not treated properly. Everyone should know…