It’s finally summertime! The sun is out, the temperatures are rising, and the beaches are calling our names. But before we can enjoy all that this season has to offer, we need to make sure that we’re taking the necessary precautions to stay safe. 

Stay hydrated this summer.

One of the most important things to do to stay safe during the summer is to stay hydrated. When we’re out in the heat, our bodies can lose a lot of water through sweating. This can lead to dehydration, which can be dangerous. So make sure that you and your family are drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. It’s important to drink fluids even if you’re not thirsty, as thirst is often a sign that you’re already dehydrated. Avoid sugary drinks as they will actually make you more dehydrated. If you don’t love plain water, consider infusing it with fruit. Or, switch it up and add coconut water for an electrolyte boost and refreshingly delicious drink that is better for you than other sweet beverages.

Some foods high in water content are fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, tomatoes, celery, and lettuce. Take breaks in the shade if you start to feel overheated or dehydrated.

Avoid heat stroke.

Heat stroke can also be a serious risk during the summer months. Heat stroke is a medical condition that can occur when the body overheats. The symptoms of heat stroke include flushed skin, headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. If the body temperature rises too high, it can lead to organ damage and even death. Heat stroke is most often caused by overexposure to heat, either from the sun or from physical activity. However, it can also be triggered by certain medications or medical conditions. Drinking alcohol can also increase the risk of heat stroke, as it impairs the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. Treatment for heat stroke includes cooling the body down with cool water or ice packs and getting medical help as soon as possible. If you think someone might be suffering from heat stroke, it is important to act quickly to avoid serious complications. The sun is at its strongest during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it’s important to take extra care to avoid overexposure during those times. If possible, stay indoors during the peak hours of sun activity, or make sure to wear protective clothing and use sunscreen if you have to be outside. At the very least, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Working or playing in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day can put you at risk for heat exhaustion, dehydration, and sunburn, so it’s best to avoid it if you can. 

By taking some simple precautions, you can help ensure that everyone enjoys a safe and fun summer season.