Beautiful weather is here to stay and that means finding ways to beat the heat of Oregon summers. At RISE Services, Inc. Oregon, we’d like to give you some practical and fun ways to stay cool during the rising temps. These ideas are great for your children, your loved ones with developmental disabilities, and the RISE individuals you serve.
1. Check the Forecast
The best way to beat the summer heat is to prepare for a day out in the sun. The first thing to do is keep an eye on the weather forecast. If it’s going to be a scorcher, be sure to put on sunscreen, bring your sunglasses, and keep a few cold bottles of water with you throughout the day. You can also run your errands in the morning or evening to avoid the heat in the middle of the day.
2. Stay Hydrated
The next best way to stay cool and healthy in the sun is to remain hydrated. Drinking water, especially on a hot day, will keep you and your family or the individuals you are serving from overheating. It’s also a good idea to stay away from drinks that are high in caffeine and sugar. These liquids can actually dehydrate you which can make you more susceptible to heat exhaustion. Another way to quench your thirst is to replenish your body by drinking liquids with electrolytes. Together, water and electrolytes can keep your body’s water levels balanced, and avoid the negative effects of being in the sun too long.
3. Play in the Water
If you need a way to cool off, consider playing outside in the water. You don’t have to go to the beach or a swimming pool to stay cool. Set up a sprinkler out in your backyard for your kids to run through. Give your kids a bucket, a hose, and some soap and sponges, and let them have a blast washing the car. Host a water balloon fight between the residents of our group homes, or play a water game outdoors with your in-home service individuals as a way to have fun and beat the hot summer sun.
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Source: “How To Beat the Summer Heat.” Blog article. HealthStart Foundation. 27 Jul. 2020. Web. 21 Jun. 2022.