Summer is the perfect time for outdoor fun! However, with temperatures reaching into the 90s, it is important that you and your pets stay cool to avoid any heat-related problems.
Stay hydrated. While perspiration is the body’s natural way to cool itself, overexposure to extreme temperatures can overwork your system and leave you dehydrated. Drink plenty of water even if you do not think you are thirsty.
For further detail about the importance of hydration and how to tell if you’re dehydrated, read South Shore Mamas’ article, Staying Hydrated in the Heat.
Avoid strenuous activity. Working outside during the hottest part of the day can be dangerous. If you have to work outside, make sure someone is with you. Heat-related illnesses, such as heatstroke, can happen suddenly.
An article in The New York Times details the dangers of heat-related illnesses and how to avoid them.
Play in the water. This is one of the best ways for both people and pets to stay cool in the heat. However, always be sure to supervise them and protect your children with sunscreen.
For a list of New England’s outdoor water parks, visit boston.com.
Groom your pets. For pets with long hair, it may be a good idea to have them trimmed during the summer. Keep plenty of water and a small wading pool in the shade for them when they are outside. Check on them often to ensure they are not getting overheated.
It is also important to stay in a cool environment whenever possible. If your house does not have air-conditioning, keep the blinds downs, turn off lights and do not use stoves or other appliances that put out heat. For fun ideas on summer activities to stay cool, visit cityofboston.gov. Remember, staying cool is staying safe!