Many homeowners are working hard to protect their lawn and landscapes during these hot, dry summer months. Lawn maintenance may still continue even when conditions are not ideal, but just as you’re protecting your plants, you must also be diligent in preserving your own health if you must work outdoors in extreme heat.

Here are some reminders for your outdoor time in heat wave conditions:

  • Stay out of the sun when possible, but if you must work in direct sunlight, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors.
  • Try to complete outdoor work in the cooler early morning or late evening hours.
  • Apply sunscreen frequently and wear a hat.
  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing made of natural fibers like cotton.
  • Drink cold beverages like water or sports drinks to stay hydrated.
  • Eat small, light meals.
  • If you begin to feel sick, go inside immediately and be sure to have someone present to assist if your conditions worsen.

Don’t overlook symptoms of heat illness:

  • Dizzyness
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark yellow or brown urine
  • Fainting