Summer’s just around the corner. Are you sure that you and your home are ready for it?
8 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe this Summer Season
1. Stay hydrated.
The first thing you should consider in the summer’s sweltering heat is staying hydrated. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
It helps keep your body functioning properly. Excessive heat results in excessive sweating which brings down your body’s electrolyte count and energy levels.
Water, of course, is the best drink to keep you hydrated, but if you want to have a little flavor to your drink, you can add in fruits rich in minerals to your water, such as watermelon, kiwi, lemon, and other similar fruits. You can also make lemonade or fruit-based smoothies to help keep you refreshed.
2. Eat frequently but eat light.
For some reason, summertime tends to reduce one’s appetite. It might be due to the excessive heat or perhaps some other factor brought in by the season.
Either way, you need to make sure you are properly-nourished so that your body can fight off the heat and stay healthy. The best way to go about this is to eat more but in lesser quantities. A light diet consisting of healthy fruits and veggies can do wonders at this time.
3. Take cold showers.
One of the best ways to cool down during the summer is to go for a swim. However, not everyone is privileged to own a pool in their backyard. The next best thing? Take a cold shower.
It may not be as fun (or glamorous) as swimming but it serves its purpose. Stepping into a cold shower instantly refreshes you and relieves you off the summer heat. You may also want to wash your feet and face before hitting the sack to help keep you cool at night.
4. Perform a perimeter check around the house for potential fire hazards.
Take some time to go around the house and see if you have potential fire hazards. Summertime brings in higher temperatures and drier climates that could potentially start unwanted fires. Make sure that your appliances and equipment are well-maintained and not prone to overheating. Schedule dryer vent cleaning and HVAC maintenance as well.
5. Turn the lights off when not in use.
Light bulbs emit additional heat in a room. During summer, they tend to heat up faster than usual. Certain physical factors contribute to trapping heat inside your home such as rays of sunshine through windows, concrete buildings, pollution, poor insulation, and several other stuff.
To minimize the heat, turn off as many lights as you can and only use those that you need. For windows and openings, curtains might be in order to help keep the sun’s warm rays out of your home.
6. Wear comfortable and loose clothing.
Loose and comfortable clothing allow for better air circulation that will keep your body cool. Avoid wearing tight clothes that stick to your skin as they tend to make you feel uncomfortable and icky, especially in warm and humid weather. Go for cotton as much as possible for maximum comfort.
7. Don’t overexert yourself.
Physical activity is important as it gives you the exercise you need. However, during summertime, it is best to limit it to a certain point that you do not overexert yourself.
If you plan on working out during this season, it is best to stay indoors. If you’re the type of person who likes exercising outdoors, the best time for you to go out is early in the morning or when the sun has already set at night.
And remember to keep yourself hydrated even at night.
8. Stay indoors.
As much as you can, avoid going out, especially at the hottest times of the day. Keep track of the weather forecast so you have an idea of what the temperature will be for the next few days. It can help you plan your activities accordingly.
Take good care of yourself and your household so that you can enjoy the summer season more. If you have any other tips to make summertime safe for everyone, drop them in the comments section.