Best Summer Safety Tips and How to Stay Cool in a Heatwave

 

Worried about a potential heat wave? Not anymore. Take advantage of these 50 great ways to stay cool whether you're in the shade or working outdoors and be sure to share them with anyone working outdoors or anyone with pets...

*We've also included a few summer safety tips below and a section in the end on using a VPN for the free wifi you get at hotels, airport and coffee houses.

Note: My mom said a lot in the prophetic about this summer, the coronavirus and safety concerns. Sharing it here at the end of the article... 

 

Summer Safety Tips

Barbecue Brush Bristle Safety: You might not know it, but you should throw out your bristle brush for cleaning your grill as they can break off and get into your food and inflict severe mouth pain.

 

Firework Caution: This ABC News clip discusses the dangers of fireworks. Note: It describes amputations from fireworks and shows amputations and or burns.

 

Grill Safety: Before you light that propane grill, watch this important video so you can avoid a sudden burst of fire. 

 

 

Pool Summer Safety with Kids: This 2-year-old climbed a pool gate in record time. Please be careful with kids and how they can access pools. 

 

Swimming Summer Safety: Puddle jumpers are popular devices parents use to let their toddlers play in the water. But, here's why small children should never be left unattended.

 

Think it's okay to leave kids unattended if they're wearing puddle jumpers? Read one grieving mom's cautious message.

From Parents Preventing Children Drowning's site, ""Toddlers do not have the cognitive capabilities to understand that they need the device to float in the pool. Thus, the problem occurs when the child is not wearing the puddle jumper. The child is now conditioned to believe that not only can they can swim alone in the pool, but they are supposed to do so in an upright position. Both of these are very dangerous. Most toddler drownings occur during a non-swim time when the child is in the care of one or both parents."

 

Pool Summer Safety: A few tips on ways help protect small children especially if you are not around your pool.

 
 

 

Pool Summer Safety #2: This 1-minute video has a few very important safety tips about your pool gates and drain checks.

 

Rip Currents: *The last 10-seconds show a great visual for how a rip current looks and how to swim away from one.

 

50 Ways to Beat the Heat: Indoors...

1. Stay home in the AC. If you can, stay indoors. This can keep you cool and with the AC set on about 78-degrees, it can help to keep electric bills down. 

2. Run the AC in the room you are in. Instead of trying to cool the whole house, if you're working with window units, stay in one room that you can cool down and bring your pets in with you.

3. Dress lightly. Linen is light and the less you wear indoors, the cooler you will feel. Take off those wool socks, too.

4. Remove your down comforter. A sheet is great for summer sleeping. If you have the AC on, keep a light blanket on your bed.

5. Make a drink and load the ice cubes in it. Have ice coffee or iced tea and keep the ice tray full.

6. Take a cool bath. Your bath tub can also serve as a mini pool especially on a hot day!

 

 

7. Close the drapes. The sun light can raise the temperature in your home. Even if you have the windows open, leave the drapes closed to keep the sun out.

8. Open the windows on cooler days. You can get a cool breeze with the windows open if it's not a scorcher. Worried about Zika? Install screens or buy netting that you can drape over the windows.

9. Turn on the fan. An oscillating fan is great on a hot day - two are even better.

10. Turn the lights off. If you're cranking up the AC, minimize power loads by turning other appliances off during the day. It will likely be cooler at night and you can turn the AC down.

Outside...

11. Find a spot in the shade and stay cool with an iced drink. Try the beach, a public pool, a park with sprinklers or a lake front area. In urban areas, the city may open fire hydrants as the water can be a quick relief for kids.

12. Buy a child's wading pool and fill it up. Soak your toes and stay cool in the shade. Drain before you finish and never leave it unattended.

13. Turn the sprinklers on so you can cool off and get a good soaking. Pets will love this, too.

14. Soak washcloths or hand towels in water and put in the freezer, then apply them to your neck. The chill is very refreshing. If you're working outdoors, pack a bunch of these in a cooler with ice. As the ice melts, you'll still feel cool from the cold fabric. 

15. Pack a cooler - with ice and water. The fruit drinks are great, but the water is really what you need so load it up.

 

 

16. Pack a cooler with popsicles and a few frozen drinks. This is great for the beach. Take out a drink and it will thaw out right away. You'll still have other drinks in the cooler while you enjoy the first one.

17. Wear a hat. A hat can help to keep the sun's heat off your head.

18. Apply SPF. Depending on how long you are outdoors, you may need to increase your SPF. Don't stay in the heat if you see signs of sun burn.

19. Find shade. A shady umbrella can cool you down quickly, even on a hot beach. You can rent a beach umbrella or bring one of your own and tie it down to a lawn chair.

20. Park in the shade. No one likes a hot car. Try finding a shady spot to park in.

 

 

With Pets...

21. Take pets on a drive with the windows down. Pets need AC, too. If you don't have an air conditioner, make sure to give them ample air and keep their leash on so they can't jump out of a moving vehicle.

22. Put water in a bucket for dogs to play in outdoors and put it in the shade. Dogs love water and it doesn't have to be a lot. Just make sure they stay hydrated and have ample shade. 

23. Make popsicles for your dogs - not ice cubes which can get lodged in their throats because they will quickly swallow them. Just take the popsicle stick and hold it for your dog. 

24. Make a frozen bowl of water and let your dog have it outdoors. As it thaws out they get the cold water and you don't have to worry about a mess inside.

25. Let cats stay indoors and turn a fan on.  You can leave water out. As long as the air is on, cats will find a cool spot.

 

 

 

26. Have a neighbor check on pets. Never go away and trust that there won't be a power outage if you have pets at home. Let a neighbor know and they can contact you if anything happens. If there's a power outage, the temperature can quickly rise. 

27. Keep pets cool by keeping them out of hot cars. Vehicles can quickly reach over 140-degrees. Leave pets at home in the air conditioning.

28. Walk pets early or late, but never in the middle of the day. Sidewalks can get hot quickly and burn the pads of a dog's feet. 

29. Put small ice cubes in your pet's water. It can keep them cool and they will enjoy the cold treat.

30. Give pets a bath or a splash. Dogs love cool water - cat's not so much. 

 

 

At Work...

31. Wear your lightest layers to work and you can always change when you get there.

32. For women, wear a light sun dress, but bring a heavy sweater for the air conditioning at the office. For men, wear a polo shirt or t-shirt in the summer to the office. You can always change once you're indoors.

32. Ask about changing your work schedule. Your office may allow you to work a longer day if you come in early and stay late. That way you don't have to leave in the middle of the day when it 's the hottest.

33. If you have to go to a meeting outdoors or an interview, never wear a suit jacket to/from the appointment. You can put it on when you arrive and after you've cooled down. Sweated a little too much? You can always go to a McDonald's or Starbucks and change - after you've bought an icy cold drink so you can quickly cool down.

34. Get an icy drink if you have to commute. Leave the house with ice and a few napkins and prepare to do the same when you leave work. You can always dump it out if you don't need it and the napkins can help if you're sweating or if your drink is sweating.

35. Sweat a lot? Bring a change of clothing. No one wants a summer cold from sitting in the office with the AC cranked up while you're soaked from a sweaty commute.

 

 

36. Bring deodorant, powder and a wash cloth with you or cleansing wipes. This is a great way to cool down fast. 

37. For women, go light on make-up on hot days as you may wipe your face down a lot. You can always freshen up when you get back in the AC. You may also need to bring a small hair dryer for damp clothes and wet hair.

38. Take a portable fan. Keep in mind it will blow hot air.

39. Take a neck fan. These are usually battery operated and can send a little cool air your way.

40. Take a large bottle of ice water. You can drink it if you're hot and you can also hold it against your wrists, your neck and the back of your head.

 

 

In General...

41. Be sure to check on seniors and arrange for them to get to a cooling center if they don't have air conditioning.

42. Make sure seniors have a window air conditioning for the hottest days if they don't already have central air.

43. Driving long distances? Make sure to have your radiator checked and buy a little extra cooling fluid. Be sure to carry a gallon jug of water if you ever need it and store it in the trunk.

44. Driving with no AC? Get a portable fan that you can plug into the cigarette lighter. You can also buy cooling cloths. While people think they can cool down when they're driving fast, what if you are in bumper to bumper traffic?

45. Pack a small cooler - even for short trips. It can help to have something cold. Freeze water, fruit, protein bars, etc.

46. Ask your mail carriers and delivery people if they would like a cold soda, water or juice. They may just want ice chips or paper towels to cool down.

47. Take breaks. If you are outdoors for lengthy periods, take frequent breaks.

48. Know when to stop. If you feel light-headed or faint, sit down and alert someone near you. Let them know if you have blood pressure issues, diabetes or if you haven't eaten.

49. If you see someone who is feeling faint, check on them. They may need 911. 

50. Lastly, be careful with the heat and keep an eye on the forecast...and always remember to thank God for the heat and the cool days, too. Remember, winter is on it's way!

 

When You Travel:

Using a VPN with public wifi

As a side note, when you travel you might want to use the airport wifi or the free wifi at your hotel or a coffee shop. However, just because these are offered for free by a reputable organization doesn't mean they are safe. These are unsecured wifi networks, meaning ANYONE can see your information online.

To protect yourself when you travel, sign up for a virtual private network (VPN) service. VPNs are offered with most antivirus packages and they might give you up to 200MB of free VPN service. Basically you would turn on your antivirus and select 'VPN' service and 'connect'.

When you get online at the hotel or in the airport wait until your antivirus provider says that your connection is now 'secure'. This encrypts/scrambles all the data you send so it's not viewable to hackers. Kind of like praying in tongues, right? 

Read more about VPNs online and if your antivirus provider doesn't offer one, sign up for a reputable VPN with companies like NordVPN or ExpressVPN. You can still access the sites you want but if a site says, "Not eligible in your country" change the VPN settign from 'automatic' to the U.S. It will pick up secure servers throughout the US.

Plans might vary from $3 to $5 a month so this is a bargain especially if you're traveling. NEVER use FREE VPNs you find online as they might sell your data. Any questions or if we can help further, let us know with the comment form at the end.

 

What My Mom Said...

 

When I talked to my mom she said about the weather, "The rain that's coming is a washing and a cleansing". We saw this when we went to Bishop Hezekiah Walker's revival concert a few years ago. It suddenly suddenly started pouring rain like buckets and when the Bishop took the stage, he said that God told Him it was to wash and cleanse us. (Remember, no stubborn pride or flesh can stand before God, so every person with their hair "did", "Sunday best" clothes on and an attitude or ego, the water washed all that away and everyone looked the same). 

 

In June, my mom also said "He said 'some are not listening'". Continue to pray about the stimulus check. Look at the unemployment almost 20% (almost 33 million unemployed). There will come another check. They're holding it up. Father God will release it. Too many are hurting. Even when they go back they're confused, they don't know. How do I start opening this business back up? They go to the stores - they stand there like what do I do now? It's a new norm. We're wearing masks. We have to keep so many feet back. We're not taking money from you. It's a cash-less system we're getting into. People are truly scared.

 

My mom also started talking about people that are ready to travel now - even if it's for short distances or a short vacation. She said, "Write it down wherever you want to go whatever you want to see so Father God can bring it to pass". She said to anoint the four corners in every room when you travel because you don't know who was there before you or the religion of the owners or the religion of those who are cleaning the rooms. I saw this in a dream where a person had a witchcraft altar in a hotel room behind a TV. We also saw this at a timeshare presentation. I remember I didn't want to go but the woman was so persistent she came back with my mom to our hotel room. I think she had experienced so many people getting up and walking out on her that she had spoken something negative over them. The reason I say this, the Holy Spirit said, "Don't walk away from her or turn your back to her. Let her leave first". So I kept politely saying "No, thank you" and she eventually left.  

 

Regarding condos and things like Airbnb rentals to rent a condo or a house, she said, "Be very careful with that - extremely careful and it has to do with security and keys and locks. It's better to be around a number of people than to be by yourself. People can make duplicate keys, copies. If they're not changing the locks. Look at the security. With the unemployment rate at 20% people are desperate. They'll do anything. As we're going into another phase and things are opening up don't go buckwild because you're not thinking. It's hot. The kids have been cooped up. [You're thinking...] Get the kids in the beach/water. Think safety especially with family/kids first and foremost. You've got a lot of predators around. Keep your eyes on the kids. It's not good [this environment]. There are a lot of pedophiles. Pray over your kids. Before they even walk out the door and go to sleep. Make sure the windows are locked [when you travel]. You don't know the background of these people in hotels, condos and B&Bs. Check mirrors, TVs, they're good for putting cameras in. Check the windows that they're secure. Yes, God is our security, provider and protector. He sends His angels to protect us. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. We have angels, grace and mercy but we also have good sense, too. Go by instinct and don't ignore it. Stop ignoring it."  

 

She also mentioned about being very careful and cautious with travel and going into the holidays. People are unemployed and desperate. We posted this a few days ago too about watching your wallet and purse. Take extra precautions with your children that they don't leave phones and tablets out in public places as people will walk off with them. These are extremely desperate times and people are out of work. Keep your doors and windows locked and take caution with patio doors and screens as a precaution.

 

Please remember to stay vigilant especially as we go into the holidays. Not everyone is receiving help, benefits and blessings from Father God. The Holy Spirit has been saying this repeatedly that they will say "Not fair, not fair" when they see what God does for His people. I notice it too when I'm on the phone and my downstairs neighbor starts yelling, cursing and complaining. I pray that he changes but we also have to take caution and stand on Ephesians 6:12-18. And read Galatians 5 and 6. Lastly, as a reminder, the Holy Spirit said, "Watch the words that come out of your mouth". People are extremely tense and on edge like a bomb ready to go off suddenly. I had a question about an account and called an agent for help but I didn't understand what he said. He got frustrated and started slamming something down on the table in the background. I said, "You know I can hear that". He said, "You heard me?" He was truly embarrassed. The Holy Spirit told me to just end the call and "Walk away". Stay on guard and walk in love, healing and forgiveness only. Remember, we stand on God's Word. Psalm 91:10: There shall no evil befall thee neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Keep your defenses up. Rebuke those demons and walk away. Keep your spirits up. Think positive thoughts. Keep reading your Bible and stay encouraged. God's got us and we will see more help soon!