If you are spending anytime outdoors, you know how hot and muggy this summer is proving to be. Unless you plan to avoid the outdoors completely, take into consideration these 4 tips to help keep you and your family cool and safe this summer:

  1. AVOID SUN EXPOSURE DURING PEAK HOURS: Try and limit sun exposure during the hottest time of the day, which is typically 10am-4pm. If you do need to go outside during peak hours, drink lots of water to stay hydrated. The elderly and small children are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, so try and limit their time spent outdoors as much as possible. Be sure to keep pets in shady outdoor areas when not inside and keep them well hydrated.
  2. DRESS LIGHTWEIGHT TO STAY COOL: If possible, dress to stay cool. Lightweight clothing is best, while darker colors tend to draw heat in. Avoid synthetic clothing that increases heat and stick with cotton blends. Hats and sunglasses are also recommended to protect scalps and eyes.
  3. CHOOSE HEALTHY FOODS: In addition to staying hydrated with water during the hot summer months, choose healthy foods that also aid in hydration. Salads, fresh raw food, veggies and fruits are all great choices. Avoid junk food, hot and greasy foods and high sugar foods. These foods can increase metabolic heat production and actually lead to loss of water.
  4. HAVE FUN STAYING COOL: Families flock to swimming pools, rivers, lakes and beaches to stay cool in the summer. Organize a neighborhood pool party with an ice cream sundae bar. Take the kids on an adventure at a local water park or tube/raft down a mountain river. Go “old school” with a sprinkler or slip and slide. Make a large pitcher of lemonade and enjoy with friends and family under a large shady tree.

We hope that these 4 tips will help you and your family to stay cool and safe this summer! For more information regarding legal issues and your specific situation, contact Gerstenberger Law at (770) 920-7722.


The information found on the Gerstenberger Law site is for educational purposes only. Your situation and the situation of others are unique and more complex. This is neither legal advice nor to be considered legal advice. Contact us for advice about your specific situation.


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