It’s Here! And boy- is it going to be a doozy.
I’m talking about SUMMER!
Some possibly don’t know, other’s may have not noticed, but June 21th was the summer solstice, marking the first day of summer and the longest day of the year.
I found this really cool article from Vox about the summer solstice, and I just had to share. It talks about the science of the solstice (things like why there are seasons, the length of day, time of sunset, etc), as well as stonehenge and its relationship to the solstice, and the upcoming solar eclipse.
If the date didn’t clue you in, maybe the heat did. Which brings me to something really important I wanted to mention. This week there has been record highs across the South West United States, with temperatures in the 110’s and even the 120’s in many places. The temperatures have stressed power grids, fueled wildfires, kept planes from flying, made people miserable, and cost some people their lives.With that, remember to never leave babies, small children, or pets in the car, even for a few moments. Temperatures can quickly become deadly inside a car, especially in this weather. Place reminder notes where you will see them right away (like your work station, the door leading into you house, or the first place you go when you get out of the car) to make sure you have remembered to take any babies/small children, sleeping kids, and/or pets from the car. Even an hour can be deadly in these summer temperatures.
Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Remember, these are serious and life threatening conditions. Heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, and heat stroke can lead to death. Don’t fool around. Stay hydrated (drink often, even if you don’t feel thirsty), stick to shade if you can, treat any symptoms if they occur, and call for emergency medical help if you think somebody is suffering from heat stroke.
For more information, checkout this informative link to an article from Accuweather.
Please stay safe this summer. Just because it’s going to be a hot one, doesn’t mean it can’t be a great one!