Hurricanes have a special place in our heart in Florida. The effects range from a few days off of work and school (in the Florida heat with no electricity… or air conditioning) to complete devastation of a town. When you are younger its a thrill, but when you have a home, children, and yourself to worry about, it becomes much more real. Remember to keep yourself updated to protect yourself and your family.
Here are 5 unique hurricane tips to use this summer!
1. Storing ice from your ice maker in clean bags in a spare freezer throughout the season is a great way to ensure you will be able to keep things cool once the power goes out.
2. Using your camping gear is a great resource for traveling and use in your home if you don’t have electricity.
3. Have a family member or friend from out of the area for each person to call in-case local phone lines are jammed. They will be able to keep a tally on who is okay and where they are to relay the information back to you.
4. Make arrangements for pets and livestock. Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons. Contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters.
5. Make dog tags for each member of your family with emergency contact information. Keep them in your hurricane prep areas until evacuation is suggested.
With summer rolling to an end, it’s time to get in those last minute trips to the beach. For some, this involves soaking up as many rays as possible. With temperatures hotter than ever, it’s important to protect yourself from any type of skin damage. Sunburns aren’t the only way the sun can damage your skin. Prolonged sun exposure also causes brown spots, red scaly spots, dry wrinkly skin, and skin cancer. Most of us get lazy when it comes to protecting our skin, but it’s important to protect our skin under the scorching heat of the sun.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to cover up. If you’re at the beach or the pool, stay under a big umbrella. If you’re desperate to cool off in the water, consider wearing a big hat and a long-sleeved shirt. The sun’s rays are the most powerful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it’s crucial to stay covered during these hours.
It’s also important to make sure you apply sunscreen. A thick coat of SPF 15 (at the very minimum) will reduce the harmful rays of the sun by 50 percent. If you’ll be going in the water, waterproof sunscreen works best! Be sure to apply 20 to 30 minutes before you go out in the sun, and reapply it every two hours. If you have fair skin, or are sweating or swimming, you should reapply more often. To be extra cautious, apply a layer of sunscreen before bed. This allows it to be thoroughly absorbed into the skin before going outside.
Another great idea for skin protection is to get a Vitamin C Facial. This scientifically proven spa facial was made specifically to reverse the harmful effects of the sun’s rays. The included antioxidants also help to reduce effects from smog, pollution, and stress. The facial provides pure Vitamin C directly to the skin to maximize protection. You can also purchase a Radiant Skin Renewal Kit. This helps to fade sun spots and age spots.
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