Summer time is almost here, and sometimes the weather isn’t just warm–it’s down right hot! When the sun is shining and temperatures start to climb, a swimming pool is the perfect way to cool off and comfortably enjoy the outdoors. However, during heat waves, it’s important to stay safe and take certain precautionary measures so you don’t suffer from heat stroke, heat exhaustion or sunburn. We put together a list of helpful tips to beat the heat!
1. Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion
When sunbathing or enjoying the outdoors during the hottest times of the year, it’s helpful to know the signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. With heat stroke, you may experience a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting and hot and dry skin. Heat stroke is very serious and you should call 911 immediately if you or someone present is experiencing these symptoms. Heat exhaustion is similar but with symptoms like heavy sweating, slow heart rate, cool and clammy skin, nausea and muscle aches. Treat heat exhaustion by moving to a cool, shaded place, drinking water, removing any tight clothing and laying down with feet slightly elevated.
2. Use sunscreen and re-apply it after being in the water
Even if it’s cloudy outside, wearing sunscreen helps prevent a painful sunburn. Make sure you choose an SPF level that will provide enough protection. It’s also helpful to check throughout the day to see if your skin is turning pink. A sunburn may not seem like a big deal, but if you’re sunburned bad enough, it can lead to painful blisters. It can easily be prevented by keeping sunscreen handy. If you have children at the pool, make sure you help them apply sunscreen.
3. Stay hydrated
Dehydration can be dangerous, so make sure while you’re at the pool you have a bottle of water with you. Children often forget to drink water while playing, so have them take breaks to cool off and drink water. If you’re dizzy, tired, have dry mouth, dry skin or increased thirst, you could be experiencing dehydration.
4. Use foot protection
The decking or concrete around your pool can be hot. Flip flops or sandals can prevent burning your feet.
5. Utilize shade when necessary
It’s fun to sun bathe and work on your tan, but make sure you don’t stay out in the sun too long when it’s especially hot. When you own a pool, you can add a pool-side shelter to your backyard space or covered patio. An easy way to provide shade is just to buy a large umbrella or pop up tent.
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