We all want our summers to be a memorable experience, one without panic, despair or disaster. We've cobbled together a list of summer safety hacks that are sure to help when help is needed. Perhaps you have some summer safety hacks, leave a note at the bottom of this blog post!
Download the First Aid by Red Cross App
Carry a couple of spray bottles to cool down the kids or those hot leather seats in your car.
Freeze Aloe vera gel in ice cube trays for sunburn relief.
Put the Find My Friends app on the kids devices.
Dress Smart – Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing; a hat, correct shoes, sunscreen and wet bandanas to keep you cool while in the sun. For pets, protect paws against blistering by hitting the trails during cooler times of the day when the ground isn’t hot or by putting booties on pets to help shield paws from the hot ground. Touch the pavement or ground with the back of your hand. If you cannot hold it there for five seconds, the surface is too hot for your dog’s paws.
Check for ticks. Ticks thrive in warm, moist, woodsy areas, so ideally kids should wear long clothing to cover their skin, but let's be realistic: In the heat of summer, that's hard to do.
Sunscreen Protection from sunburn is important not only for the health benefits but because working with a terrible sunburn is painful. Putting on sunscreen at work before going outside does not allow adequate time for it to soak in. Make sunscreen application a part of your morning routine and apply it before going to work. Since construction workers and labourers often move around, make sure to apply past where your clothing ends. Stopping half way up your arm can leave the upper part exposed while you work. Make sure to use SPF 50 to achieve the most UV protection you can.
Lip Balm Not only can lips be sunburnt but they can also be prone to sun-related illnesses like skin cancer. It is important to remember to protect your lips just like you would the rest of your skin. There are lip chaps that contain SPF to protect your lips from the sun and can provide much needed hydration during the summer months. Keeping an extra stick in your lunch bag or backpack will help ensure that you always have one on hand and can be a friendly reminder to apply consistently throughout the day.
Cool It Quick, run a paper towel under the cold tap, wrap it around a can or bottle, and place it in the freezer. In 15 minutes or less, your drink will be chilled to perfection. Why? Numerous scientists have weighed in, but one easy explanation is that the water on the towel evaporates, drawing heat from the bottle and making it cool faster. For loads of more technical explanations, get your geek on online!
Hit up your hot water bottle Only this time, stick it in the freezer first and then position it near your feet, which contain many pulse points. If you don’t have a hot water bottle, dunk your feet in ice water before turning in.