Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 3, 2021

Top ten tips on how to stay safe in the summer heat

from Anza-Borrego Foundation

Top ten tips on how to stay safe in the summer heat for those hardy visitors.

  1. Always research the weather before heading out. Know what the temperatures will be at what time of the day by checking the hourly weather.
  2. Avoid heat peak times by heading outside in the early morning or late afternoon.
  3. Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated. You should always have more water than you need if there is an emergency, and you get stuck outside for longer than you expect.
  4. Always let someone know your itinerary, including where you are going and when you will return.
  5. Learn to recognize heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Symptoms vary but may include headache, dry skin, high body temperature, red skin or rash, rapid pulse, dizziness, and confusion.
  6. Wear lightweight, loose, breathable, and light-colored clothing. Bonus if it has an SPF of 50 or more.
  7. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as alcohol, coffee, or tea. Supplement with electrolytes if you will be sweating.
  8. Use sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat to avoid sunburn.
  9. Stay in the shade as much as possible and rest frequently.
  10. Create a backup plan. Sometimes it is just too hot to be outdoors, so have a fun backup plan indoors just in case!

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