Summer is here, and with it comes warmer temperatures, sunshine, and plenty of outdoor activities. While summer can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors, it’s important to remember to stay safe in the heat. Heat-related illnesses can be dangerous and even deadly, so it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the heat. Here are our tips for summer safety:
One of the most important things to remember during the summer months is to stay hydrated. The summer heat can quickly dehydrate you, causing you to feel tired, dizzy, and even confused. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help regulate your body temperature and prevent dehydration. (Added benefits of hydration include increased energy, better digestion, and clearer skin.) Be aware of signs of dehydration which include fatigue, headaches, and fainting. It’s recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and more if you are spending time outdoors or exercising.
Never Leave Children or Pets in Parked Cars:
Another important tip for staying safe in the heat is to never leave children or pets in a parked car. Even on relatively mild days, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly become dangerously high. Before you get out of your car, take a moment to check the back seat to make sure that no children or pets have been left behind. We also recommend placing a reminder in the front seat or use an app that alerts you to check the backseat before exiting the car.
When spending time outdoors, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing can help keep you cool and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing a hat and sunglasses can also help protect your face and eyes from the sun.
Be Careful with Outdoor Exercise
If you’re planning to exercise or engage in other physical activities outdoors, it’s important to take breaks and rest in the shade or indoors when you start to feel overheated. And if you have a medical condition or are taking medication, be sure to talk to your doctor about any special precautions you should take in the heat.
Taking breaks and resting in shaded areas can help prevent overheating and heat exhaustion. It’s important to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Drinking water and cooling down in shaded areas can help you feel refreshed and re-energized.
While summer can be a wonderful time to enjoy outdoor activities, it’s important to remember these summer safety tips to help protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of heat-related illnesses. The team at MTG Insurances wishes you all a safe and enjoyable summer!