June 25, 2022

12 Tips for Warm Weather Play

As warmer weather arrives, there are several important tips to consider in order to avoid heat-related health issues, especially heat stress injuries. Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder and occurs when the body can no longer control its temperature. Other heat-related disorders include heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. 

12 Tips to Stay Cooler During Summer Play

  1. Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  2. Avoid dehydrating liquids. Alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks are not helpful in staying hydrated.
  3. Take frequent breaks. Whether you are at work or play, be sure to take time for rest periods and water breaks in a shady or air-conditioned space.
  4. Wear protective clothing. Lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing helps protect against heat. 
  5. Take it easy. Slow down and play at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat.
  6. Use a damp rag or cooling towel on your face or put it around your neck.
  7. Wear a hat to help keep sun off your head and face to help you feel cooler and prevent sun damage.
  8. Avoid getting sunburn. Use sunscreen and apply liberally to all exposed areas of the body. Reapply after swimming or water play.
  9. Be alert to signs of heat-related illness. Know what to look for and check on others who might be at high risk.
  10. Avoid hot surfaces. Any surface can become too hot to touch when exposed to sun for long periods. Be mindful of temperatures on seating surfaces, playgrounds, inside or outside cars, and other exposed surfaces.
  11. Avoid direct sun. Find shade or block out the sun if possible.
  12. Eat smaller meals. It’s also a good time to eat fruits high in fiber and natural juice. 

To learn more about keeping play and recreation areas safer and cooler during warmer months, contact a GameTime play expert