Just a week after the official beginning of summer, the country experienced one of the most widespread heat waves in recent history. In fact, last weekend’s three digit temperatures broke records for many cities throughout the US.For some regions, the heat wave promises to be just the beginning of a long, hot summer – just in time for tomorrow’s Fourth of July celebration. As you take time to commemorate our nation’s independence with a family cookout and some fun in the sun, consider a few helpful tips for staying cool.
Firstly, drink plenty of water. Whether you’re mowing the lawn, flipping burgers on the grill or simply reclining in the shade, be sure to increase your fluid intake. This means drinking plenty of water all day long – even if you don’t feel immediately thirsty. If you’re going to enjoy a cocktail or two on the Fourth, make sure to alternate with non-alcoholic beverages to prevent dehydration. Our wide selection of elegant beverageware will help you stay hydrated in style.
Secondly, make sure to wear sunscreen. It seems like such a simple piece of advice, but many people forget to reapply. On these bright summer afternoons, it doesn’t take very long to develop a nasty sunburn – and that’s enough to ruin an otherwise fun-filled outdoor barbecue. Choose a sun block with at least SPF 15 and reapply often. Additionally, wear loose fitting clothing, a wide brimmed hat and cool off often with a dip in the pool or a refreshing breeze from one of our misting fans
Thirdly, remember that animals can suffer from heat stroke as well. Keep your pets sheltered from the sun during the hottest parts of the day and give them plenty of fresh water. Keep in mind that if the concrete is too hot for your own bare feet, then it’s certainly not safe for your pup’s paws.
Of course, you don’t want to forget about your feathered friends either! Our handcrafted and unique bird baths will add instant charm to your garden and a cooling spot for local fowl.
Lastly, use good judgment and take frequent breaks from the sun. The more precautions you take to avoid the heat’s harmful effects, the more you can enjoy your mid-week celebration. Additionally, to ensure you stay cool and comfortable all summer long, we’re offering 10% off all of our beverageware, misting systems and bird baths now through Sunday! Just enter the coupon code HOT0712 at check-out!
From all of us at Iron Accents to all of you – have a safe and happy Fourth of July!