Things are heating up across Central Florida – we’re well into the 90’s every day at this point, and it doesn’t look like we’re going to be getting any respite anytime soon. Summer is officially here! With the heat comes a whole new set of things to take into account when it comes to your health and the health of your loved ones. Toyota of Orlando has tips to beat the heat and stay safe when things are hot. Let’s get started!
Tip #1: Sunscreen. Shielding your skin from intense rays is paramount to your health. Make sure you choose an SPF of at least 15 and apply it liberally. Don’t forget places like the tops of your feet and the tips of your ears. Did you know that you should actually apply sunscreen 30 minutes BEFORE your outdoor adventures begin? This allows it to fully bind to your skin and offer you maximum protection. After that, make sure to reapply every two hours or after you get out of the water. And don’t forget, you can still get burned if it’s overcast!
Tip #2: Playgrounds. The playground seems like an obvious choice to keep the kids occupied when school’s out, but the equipment itself can actually become a danger in the heat of summer. Even plastic slides and swings can reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees. Try to avoid playing on the playground when the sun is directly overhead and intense, and save playtime for the mornings and evenings. If you do end up at the playground in the heat of day, test the equipment with your hand before turning your kids loose.
Tip #3: Cars. NEVER leave anyone in the car in the heat, regardless of how short a time you think it will be. Because of the greenhouse effect, temperatures rise rapidly inside vehicles, especially in summer. This creates deadly conditions for your children and pets. ALWAYS take them inside with you! If you’re buckling kids into the car or putting them in a carseat, check the straps and buckles to ensure they’re not too hot. Metal can easily burn skin on contact. Get your air-conditioning going as soon as possible!
Tip #4: Hydration. Staying hydrated when the heat is on is incredibly important, especially if you’re sweating. Dehydration can rapidly occur, so keep cool water on hand for you and your loved ones whether you’re inside or outside. And don’t forget about pet – ensure they have fresh, cool water so they can stay hydrated as well.
Tip #5: Pets. If it’s excessively hot outside, consider bringing your pets inside with you into the air-conditioning. They can have a hard time regulating their body temperature. If you can’t bring them inside, ensure that they have shade and plenty of water.
From our family to yours, stay cool this summer! And if you’re in need of summer car maintenance to prep your ride for the rising temperatures, call us today at (407) 298-4500.