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Every season has problems we have to deal with. By many accounts, winter is full of problems. Think of all of the problems that winter brings. Namely, the cold. Scrapping cars and shoveling driveways aren’t much fun. And freezing temperatures mean we need to crank up the heat, warm fires, and hide in big blankets to stay warm. Then there’s also ice that can make a simple pathway seem like a trip up a mountain!
However, summer has issues of its own. It’s not all lollipops and gumdrops. You need to take time to prepare, because here comes the sun! Learn how to protect your family from the heat of the sun and all it brings.
Protect Yourself From Summer Bugs
One of the worst things that summer brings is pests. From flies, moths, mosquitoes to other airborne critters. They are there ready to bug you. There’s no real way to stop their onslaught, but there are ways to deal with them as they come to your door.
Fly sprays work for flies and moth problems. While mosquito control products and services can remove those blood-sucking problems from your patio. You could also try citronella candles and torches as well as fly traps to cover all your bases.
Have A Sunburn Free Summer
Of course, you can’t talk about summer without mentioning sunburn. It’s a massive problem, especially if the sun is shining on your backyard throughout the day. This makes doing anything at all outside a huge problem.
Make sure to stock up on sunscreen especially if you’re out a lot because of the garden or a swimming pool. You can also branch out into home improvement a little bit here as well – investing in shading and external seating plans. This is a great addition to your home and can protect you from the rays of the sun when you are outside.
If you have children, it’s worth your while to educate them about the dangers of sun exposure. Be sure to equip them with hats and lotion them up with sunscreen to ensure that they aren’t burnt. It can also be a good idea to keep everyone indoors during the hottest hours of the day as exposure to extreme heat can really take its toll.
Avoid Summer Dehydration and Heat Illness
Dehydration is another issue in the summer. Water levels drop in the arid heat of the summer sun which can be extremely bad news. Make sure your water systems are working well and see if any drought issues are happening in your area. Stocking your fridge full to the brim with mineral water is a great idea as well.
It is worth remembering that typical summer drinks like alcoholic cocktails and soda pop won’t really quench a thirst at all. In fact, they will add to your levels of dehydration. The human body is made up of water, so drink a lot of cool water in the summer.
There’s a lot of bad that comes from the sun, but a great amount of good as well! You get to enjoy the outdoors – just be sensible, protect your family and protect your home to make the most out of the long summer months!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.