So long July, Hello August! Even though it signifies the end of summer and beginning of the school year, August is still filled with summer heat, activities and more. It is important to remember to stay safe and take those responsible measures in the summer heat. I know it may seem strange for a broker’s office to give advice for summer safety actions, but these small steps can prevent major health concerns and conserve your wellness for the long run. For example, you can make sure to protect yourself from the sun by applying sunscreen regularly, wearing a hat or visor and of course, sunglasses. Taking these small precautions can save your skin from burns, skin cancer and save your eyes from blurred vision or sight deterioration.

Another way you can be responsible in the summer heat is to ensure that whenever you are grilling, the grills are constantly monitored and at least 3 feet away from other objects. The summer months have been recorded as the highest fire hazard period with a recurring catalyst of unattended grills. If you choose to grill outside, please be safe and responsible while doing so.

There are more preventive measures to take in addition to safe grilling and sun responsibility. The most important action though is to stay hydrated. Please keep in mind that exposure to the sun makes it very easy to be dehydrated, so drink water every 15 minutes to maintain the balance of fluids in your body. Staying hydrated is necessary to keep your body functioning smoothly since you lose a lot of electrolytes, and it may result in heat stroke. In an average day, adults lose about 10 cups of water by simply sweating, breathing and going to the bathroom. How would you know if you are dehydrated? You may experience some of these symptoms: excessive thirst, fatigue, dry mouth, muscle weakness, or dizziness. Remember to pace yourself with your activity level and take intermittent water breaks. Some of the best ways to prevent hydration are to consume foods and fluids high in water and in hot weather, maybe skip that coffee or soda and replace it with nice cold water.

As I have said before, this is not an extensive list, but please be summer safe and take care of yourself!