No one has to tell Texans how hot it gets during the summer. But dehydration and heatstroke are still so common during Texas summers that it’s extremely important to remember to stay cool and hydrated when working on an outdoor project. Here are four easy ways to keep cool and reduce the risk of heatstroke when you’re working on this summer’s backyard undertaking:
1. Drink to Stay Hydrated
This may seem like common sense, but you when you’re outside in the summer heat, you should be continually drinking water to stay hydrated. Obviously water will always be your best bet, but you can also drink sports beverages, Pedialyte or coconut water to supplement your water intake and replenish electrolytes. Dehydrating beverages to avoid include any alcoholic or caffeinated drinks. This Hydration Calculator can help you get a good idea exactly how much water you should be drinking per day.
2. Use the Buddy System
When you are working or even just playing outside, you should use a buddy system. By partnering up with a friend or family member, you can keep an eye on each other’s hydration levels and spot if one of you is becoming overheated or close to losing consciousness. Plus, it’ll get the job done twice as fast!
3. Stay Shaded and Choose Your Time Wisely
If you must be outside for long periods this summer, try to limit that time to the early mornings or evenings, when the heat won’t be as intense. Also, try to stay in as much shade as possible while working outside if you must work during the day.
4. Wear Loose Clothing
Be sure to wear loose clothing that will breathe when you’re out in the summer heat. Children especially should be wearing breathable clothing, since they can become overheated faster than adults do. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat and use umbrellas to keep the sun off your face, neck and shoulders.
Stay cool this summer by staying hydrated and in the shade to prevent any heatstroke. If you plan on digging outside for your summer backyard project, remember to call Texas811 before you dig.