The temperature has been on the rise the last several weeks, so we thought we would share some summer safety tips, as well as some ways to enjoy the summer and stay cool! Those who are at high risk of a heat-related illness include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Here are a few ways to avoid overheating this summer:
- Perhaps the easiest, and most understated, tip is to stay indoors! If you don't have to go out, don't.
- If you must go out, wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
- Avoid using the stove or oven to cook.
- Do not take children or pets outside for long periods of time.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen and don't forget to reapply often.
- Cool off by taking a cold shower.
- Don't have air conditioning? Head to the mall or library for a few hours.
- Avoid spending time outside during the hottest part of the day, around 3:00 PM.
There are many activities to enjoy during summer. Here are some of our favorites:
- "My family likes to lounge at the beach or the pool and have family BBQ's. We also enjoy spending time at baseball and softball games." - Shannon
- "We like going to the zoo and playing outside. Our favorite way to stay cool is by swimming or playing in the sprinkler." - Michaela
- "We love to go to zoo as a family. Swimming is the best way to cool down in the summer." - Tawnie
- "I like going to baseball games with my family. I also enjoy spending time golfing, relaxing at the pool, or taking a walk on a nature trail." - Hans
- "My husband likes to spend time fishing, while I like to spend time at the pool with family. My favorite way to cool down in the summer is by eating ice cream." - Kayla
- "My son and I like taking camping trips, going to car shows, and counting down the days to the beginning of football season." - Taylor
- "I enjoy taking my sons fishing and spending time together as a family." - Chris
Canton, Massillon, and surrounding areas offer a variety of activities both indoors and out. If you have children, you can take them to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, SkyZone, Laser Quest. Wanting to spend time outside? Consider visiting Dogwood Park, Baylor Beach, or Clay's Park. If you're looking to sneak a little education in over the summer, you can visit the Massillon Museum of Art or the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum. Adults can spend the evening away at Gervasi Vineyard, Maize Valley Winery and Craft Brewery, or Fat Head's Brewery.
There are several places to enjoy a bite to eat, as well. Taggart's Ice Cream features soups, salads and sandwiches. Perhaps the best part of their menu is the homemade ice cream! If you are looking for something more upscale, you can try Lucia's Steakhouse, Basil Asian Bistro, or 91 Wood Fired Oven.
Whether you are wanting to get out and enjoy the summer or spend time at home relaxing with your family, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer!