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3 Ways to Protect Yourself in the Blistering Heat - 2nd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

The summer is coming fast, and that means the heat is beginning to swelter. If you live in the southern states, then you know how fast the rising temperatures can cause discomfort and health problems. It gets hard to breathe; your skin begins to blister quickly; and the risk of heat stroke rises significantly. It’s definitely nothing to play around with or to ignore. To protect yourself from the up and coming heat, check out these three tips for cooling off and staying safe.

Layer Up

Layering isn’t only for the winter months. In the summer, layer with extremely light, sheer articles of clothing that can protect your bare skin from the sun’s rays. You should also keep a wide brimmed hat or cap ready, always carry sunglasses, and layer your skin with sunscreen. Having these options available keeps you prepared for any event, and the protection from the direct sunlight can cool your body by a couple of degrees.

Find or Carry Shade

The summer not only brings heat, it also brings tons of outdoor events. Barbecues, picnics, sporting events, and parties ... it's full of fun activities that are done outside. This can mean hours and hours spent in the sun. When you first get to an event, check the location for shady spots, even if it’s not hot or sunny upon arrival. You may be grateful later in the day when the sun reaches its peak. It’s also a good idea to carry your own shade. Throw a large umbrella or a canopy in the trunk of your car, and you’ll always be prepared.

Have Water at the Ready

Water is an essential part of a body, and it's even more important for a healthy summer. You quite literally can’t live without it, and you need even more when the temperature is climbing. Carry a water bottle, preferably iced, at all times. Sip constantly and refuel often. If you know you’ll be outdoors all day, it can also be beneficial to buy a fan and mister or a cool, moist neck band to keep your body temperature lower and your body hydrated.

The heat is dangerous if you’re not prepared. Even though these tips seem obvious, it’s shocking how many people ignore them. Don’t let your summer be ruined by the fiery weather. Instead, be prepared, protect your health, and enjoy the great outdoors to your heart’s content.

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