Oh my, do you feel that summer heat? It’s summer time in the Philippines and this is a yearly thing for us but how come every year seems to be hotter? Well, a lot of people say this is the effect of global warming or some say we’re just aware now because of probably a different routine and activities from the previous years.
Whatever it is, we all have to stay protected and be safe in this kind of extreme heat. So many stories of dehydration and heat stroke have been circling around the internet and so the fear of this heats grows more intense. We don’t need to worry too much but we need to take action for ourselves and our loved ones.
Here are some simple and useful tips we can do this summer.
1. Stay dehydrated! Drink a glass of water when you wake up and before and after meals. 6-8 glasses of water may need to be increased depending on your activity. Dehydration can cause bodily functions to fail so do everything to hydrate. There are so many apps now to remind you to drink water. Use it to your advantage.
2. Be careful with your alcohols. Remember they are flammable. Do not leave your disinfectatnts and alcohols in the car when the car will be left under the heat of the sun. Keep them safe.
3. Wear comfy or light clothes. Avoiding the sun by wearing jackets and long sleeves may not be a good idea this time.
4. Limit exposure to the sun. Sometimes we feel we can do it ans it’s just a little sun. Don’t be shy to use a cap, hat, or umbrella especially when yoi go put from 10am to 3pm.
5. Sunscreen! This is not only for swimming. It’s best to put a thin layer of this before heading out. Actually, I put sunblock even at home. Just a thin layer of a non-sticky sunblock cream. Spf 50 is best if you have. I use Biore, water-based and not sticky at all. Re apply after 4 hrs.
6. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
7. Be informed on the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Always know what to do if it happens to you or anyone you know or may encounter. Observe if you feel anything out of the ordinary and do not hesitate to rest or have yourself checked.
8. Avoid using heating devices during the hottest parts of the day.
9. Know the weather forecast daily. It helps you plan activities, what to wear, and what to expect today in terms of weather and temperature.
10. Take cool baths more than once if you feel you need to cool down.
11. Check plug and appliances. Check if the appliances operating need to cool down. Sometimes fans and other appliances need to adjust slowly.
12. Proper ventilation. Make sure there’s proper ventilation wherever you are- at home, school, work, car, etc.
13. Educate your kids on the importance of drinking water and other summer heat information they need to know in case of emergency or critical situations.
14. Have your aircon (home units and cars’) and cooling devices checked and tuned up well so they’re ready for the summer heat.
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Stay safe and cool this summer! Choose your activities wisely for the family 🔆