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So now that our heat of the summer has arrived, it is time to start practicing staying safe during these extreme heat waves. Arizona is known for its excessive heat warnings, and there are some very important safety measures that can help with staying cool and safe out there.

My very first piece of advice is staying hydrated. It is so important to drink water. However, it is not as simple as just drinking A bottle of water. As the fiery sun beats down on us and we sweat, that’s when it becomes extremely important to stay extra hydrated. Having about 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water is a very good start to making sure you replenish the water base you lose during sweating. It’s also very important to never drink too much water in a very short period of time. You can cause yourself to have water intoxication. This causes your level of salt/sodium to drop too low. So make it part of your daily practice to drink water throughout the whole day.

Coppertone sunscreen bottleMy second safety tip would have to be sunscreen. This is another very important piece to the puzzle of staying safe this summer. Arizona is has very high UV ray exposure, so using a sunscreen with at least 30+ is recommended. This protects you from getting that nasty sunburn. I would suggest reapplying throughout the day, especially if you’re in and out of the water.

black sunglasses on a countertopAnother great piece of advice to protect you from the bright sunlight would be sunglasses. The sun can be very damaging to your eyes, and at times cause loss of vision. I wear sunglasses every time I walk outside! Keeping your eyes shaded and protected from those high UV rays can make a huge difference in your sight. Not to mention they give a nice darkened tint to a very bright outdoors.

Black floppy sun hat that says throw shade in cursiveMy last but definitely not least piece of advice is wearing a hat or having some kind of shaded protection. I personally love wearing big oversized floppy hats. I get the most protection from my face to the back of my neck wearing this very extra hat. However, ball caps, cowboy hats, straw hats and even umbrellas would work. Anything to protect your head from the blistering heat of the sun! Only in Arizona do we use umbrellas for shade and not rain….

I hope this advice is helpful to remind you how important it is to stay safe and protect yourself from that blazing summer Arizona heat.

-Cassondra Eriksen
Associate Manager – Storage West Tempe

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