The forecast is promising 90 degrees this weekend and Central New York has been awaiting this for months. As the warmer days approach please remember that safety for your family should always hold precedence. No matter how you “Get Out And Live It” make sure to follow these important safety tips. It’s Getting Hot Out There…so, keep hydrated! Even if you think you’re drinking enough water, chances are you could be drinking more. If you are engaged in high-impact outdoor activities drink two to four (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids per hour at a minimum. Not drinking enough water can trigger life-threatening conditions like heat stroke or damage to your organs.

As the weather warms up the mosquitoes will swarm. Some mosquitoes can carry diseases that are far worse than impending itchiness. With the recent rash of Zika Virus and West Nile, the best way to prevent it it is to ward them off from the beginning. Make sure to use a repellent spray, candle, band, or repellent clothing and reapply if applicable as necessary. When you are outside avoid floral perfumes and wear light-colored loose clothing. Mosquitoes hate certain smells including citrus, basil, and eucalyptus. If a natural approach is your preference you can wear these oils or grow these in your garden to ward off pesks.

The pools are opening and the beaches are packed. Ensure that if you are in a public facility that a lifeguard is present and that personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are utilized. If you are in a private facility, ensure children are monitored constantly and ensure PFD’s are properly fitted for their age and weight. Keep in mind that sunscreen needs to be applied and reapplied even when you’re in the water. You might not feel the burn when you’re swimming, but coating yourself with a waterproof sunscreen will protect you throughout your summertime activities. Here at Herb’s we want to wish you and your family an enjoyable and safe summer.

Please come to any of our 9 locations or shop online at herbphilipsons.com to find items that will keep you and your family safe this summer.