Are you feeling the heat this summer?

With temperatures rocketing in many areas, it’s a safe bet that most of us are. Never fear… relief is here! Here are several great ways to beat the summer heat and stay cool when the temps get hot.

  • Drink it in. Summer temps can lead to dehydration faster than you can say “heat wave.” Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay cool inside and out.
  • Wear a hat. Protect your face and eyes with a wide-brimmed sun hat. A hat will also protect you from intense reflective glare.
  • Shade up. Stay in the shade as much as possible when you’re outside and keep babies under six months out of direct sunlight.
  • Splish splash! Find some water to splash around in — whether it’s your local pool, a beach, or even a backyard sprinkler. A few minutes of splashing can offer hours of summer heat relief.
  • Water play. Turn any backyard game into a water game by adding a bucket of water or a hose and an element of getting wet. Play dodge ball by throwing soaked sponges at one another, hula hoop while holding the hose, or start a game of tag with water guns.
  • Find the A/C. Now is a great time to take kids to a mid-day matinee, to the library, the community pool or for a behind the scenes tour of their favorite ice cream shop!
  • Freeze it! Nothing cools kids down faster than a refreshingly cold ice pop. Make your own by freezing plain old fruit juice in popsicle molds. It’s a healthier way to cool down than drinking soda pop.

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