It’s almost summer in Texas, and for those who have experienced it before, you know that these next few months are no joke when it comes to heat. During a Texas summer, the sun’s always shining, and that thermometer is constantly on the climb. We want you to be safe this summer, so we’re giving you 5 tips to get your family ready for the hot, hot heat!
- Make sure to buy sunscreen and wear plenty of it. You and your family should apply sunscreen any time you’re heading out in the sun. Keep in mind that the sun’s rays are strongest in the middle of the day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to use at least 30 SPF and reapply about every 2 hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, reapply more often, as your sunscreen won’t remain effective for as long. Check out last week’s sunscreen guide for more insight and recommendations
- Protect your eyes. We typically think of protecting our skin, but our eyes are also very important to protect during these bright summer months. UV rays from the sun can be damaging, so be sure to wear sunglasses that block those rays.
- Stay hydrated.Drink plenty of water, and encourage your family to do the same. People are made up of about 60% water, with every system in our bodies depending on water to function. You lose a lot of water when you sweat, so extra hydration is needed in the summer when temperatures are high and the weather is humid. Encourage your kids to drink water by buying them a fun or cool refillable water bottle that they’re excited to carry around (and it’s good for the environment, too)!
- Plan summer activities that are out of the sun during the middle of the day.Take trips to one of Texas’ many zoos or museums to stay cool and out of the sun’s exposure. If you have activities outside, try wearing a hat or clothing that covers up your skin to limit UV-ray-to-skin exposure.
- Teach your family what heat exhaustion means.Kids may not realize that the sun itself can wear them out. Heat exhaustion can come on suddenly, and with Texas temperatures in the 100s during the summer months, there is reason to be cautious. Signs of heat exhaustion include feeling overheated, tired, and weak. A less common, but more serious condition is heat stroke. Symptoms include red, hot skin, a sudden stop in sweating, sudden confusion, lack of coordination, and even loss of consciousness. Heat stroke requires medical attention. Teach your family the signs of both heat exhaustion and heat stroke, so that they can better determine their limits when being active in the heat.
Texas feels the seasonal heat sooner than other states, so it’s good to be prepared. With the appropriate precautions, your family can enjoy the fun, sun, and activity with less worry.