Summer brings with it lots of fun, family, and friends. Some of us are going to be hosting or attending barbeques and pool parties and playing backyard games.
Like many others in the Phoenix area, you’re excited tocelebrate, but you’re dreading the heat that comes along with this time of the year. We’ve got a few tips to help keep you and your family comfortable!
Hydration is key
Staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do if you know you’re going to be in the heat for extended periods of time. Hydration will help keep you feeling cool and keep heat exhaustion at bay. You’re more than welcome to chug water if that is your preferred method of staying hydrated; however, you’ll be making frequent bathroom breaks. And, you need to be cautious about drinking an extreme amount of water in a short time as it can be dangerous. It can cause the level of sodium in your blood to drop too low which is very serious and can be fatal. We recommend you take sips of water every 10 to 15 minutes to stay hydrated.
Dress for the heat
Let’s cut straight to the point—Phoenix is among the hottestplaces to be in America. But you shouldn’t let the heat keep you from enjoying your summer. What you wear plays a big factor in how comfortable you’ll be during the day and evening hours. You should not wear multiple layers as that can lead to overheating. Instead, wear a light T-shirt or tank top with a hat or visor to keep the sun from directly hitting your face.
Use shade wisely
If you are fortunate enough to have lots of shade treesor a covered patio, use them to your benefit. Even areas near fences or structures that are shaded during certain parts of the day are an advantage and can be put to good use for outside activities. Create various groups of seating options set in these shady areas to provide a cooler, comfortable spots whereyour guests can gather for smaller conversations or take a break from the action and cool off.
If you don’t have any shade available, patio umbrellasprovide plentiful shade and are cost-effective. A gazebo or covered patio/porch offer a more permanent solution and may be just what you’re looking for!