Keep Cool With 8 Heat Safety Tips

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sunWhile summer is a great time for outdoor activities, it can also bring extreme heat and humidity. In fact, nearly a third of weather-related deaths in the U.S. are attributed to excessive natural heat, heat stroke, sun stroke or all three, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s why Amica Insurance is offering tips to help keep everyone safe.

Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, so stay cool and use common sense. Amica is sharing the following tips from the CDC:

* Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of activity level.

* Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and always put on sunscreen.

* Stay indoors if possible, and in an air-conditioned place.

* Monitor infants, young children and the elderly.

* Do not leave children or pets in a parked car.

* Eat lightly, and avoid hot foods and alcohol.

* Provide plenty of fresh water for pets.

* Seek medical attention if anyone exhibits warning signs, like extremely high body temperatures, red, hot or dry skin, nausea or a rapid, strong pulse.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit Amica.com.

Tips To Beat Summer Heat

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grandparentchildWith summer in full swing, it is time to make the most of everything that makes summer special. Whether planning a trip to the beach to soak up rays, prepping for your backyard barbecue, or just participating in any outdoor activities, Riverdale Urgent Care wants everyone’s summer to be a healthy one. But remaining healthy and safe during the summer requires keeping some tips in mind while enjoying all that the season has to offer.

With summer sun comes outdoor fun but as those rays bring their heat, they also bring dangerous UV rays. Skin does not have to feel hot to be burned. Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes but can sometimes take up to 6 hours to become evident with redness, burning and blistering. The best protection against sunburn is really to stay out of the sun, but that is impossible. So when out in the sun remember the following:

* The sun is strongest between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

* Sunburn can still occur on cloudy days

* Sunscreen should be put on at least 30 minutes before going out and should be at least SPF15

* Arms and legs should be protected by loose-fitting cotton clothing

There is another danger that lurks in the summer time that many aren’t even aware of until it’s too late. Instances of heat-related illness, such as heat cramping, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, increase as the temperature rises. Some populations – infants, young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure – are particularly susceptible to the effects of summer heat. Whether it is a sunburn or heat-related illnesses, if left unaddressed, it can become more serious. Heat stroke is particularly dangerous because it requires immediate emergency medical attention.

Riverdale Urgent Care is available to treat summer sun-and-fun-related medical issues, so don’t wait until they are emergencies to call.

About the company:

Riverdale Urgent Care is conveniently located at 5665 Riverdale Ave. in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, N.Y. At Riverdale Urgent Care, each staff member brings in-depth understanding, extensive experience and skills. In addition to treating life’s everyday minor injuries, they offer drug testing, blood testing, vaccines, on-site X-rays, EKGs, stitches and rapid in-house testing for flu, strep throat and mono. They can also perform physicals for DOT commercial drivers, camp, school and employment.

Hydrating A Lawn In The Summer Heat

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grassThe experts at The Grounds Guys say residential and commercial property owners should remember four basic rules of thumb for watering – timing, watching the weather, learning regional data, and mulching – in the summer.

When it comes to watering a lawn during the summer heat, overwatering or counting on nature to do the job are not the best methods. The experts at The Grounds Guys say residential and commercial property owners should remember four basic rules of thumb for watering – timing, watching the weather, learning regional data, and mulching – to keep the lawn green and healthy in the heat.

* Timing: Water lawns during the early morning hours typically between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Watering lawns in the heat of the day can cause water loss through evaporation. Watering in the evening could result in poor water absorption or diseases.

* Watching the weather: Check the weather before watering. Avoid watering on windy days, even if temperatures are mild, since winds can prevent even water distribution.

* Learning regional data: Know the needs of your region. The region you live in can determine the amount of water your lawn and plants need. In general, lawns require one of water per week. However, your region has clay soil, less water may be required, and in dry, windy climates, greater amounts of water may be needed.

* Mulching: Mulch is a great way to reduce surface runoff and slow evaporation of the water in your soil. Using soaker hoses is a great option to use with bed plants if you don’t have an irrigation system.

In addition to following the four basic rules of thumb for watering, a well-planned irrigation system can also help keep a lawn lush during the dog days of summer. According to The Grounds Guys, the benefits of having an irrigation system include:

* Helps property owners avoid over watering, which kills just as many plants and lawns as under watering.

* Lowers the amount of water runoff with eco-friendly systems that promotes excellent drainage and maximizes water retention.

* Adjust water amount to the size, shape and type of landscape for maximum water coverage.

* Offers an easy to manage and install watering option for residential or commercial use.

* Increases lawn health and longevity by providing consistent moisture to the grass roots, which allows them to bury deeper into the soil so they thrive and grow.

The professionals at The Grounds Guys have the skills and expertise necessary to install an irrigation system that fits both residential and commercial property needs. Give them a call today at 855-414-3430 or visit GroundsGuys.com.