Friday, July 22, 2022

Stay Safe on Your Boat during the Heat Wave

The heat wave is bringing extreme temperatures to Lake of the Ozarks this week, with back-to-back days over 100 degrees. If you are boating at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will likely be exposed to intense sunlight, increasing your chances of a heat-related illness. Be prepared for the heat wave and stay safe this weekend by following these tips from Summerset Boat Lifts!

Stay Hydrated

The most important thing you can do for your body is to stay hydrated with fresh water. When your body gets hot, it starts to sweat and become dehydrated quickly. Drinking alcohol doesn’t help either. Before you step on the boat, make sure you pack enough water for everyone in your party to drink for the duration of your outing. The Lake also has many stops you can jump off at to pick up drinks if you forget or run out. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling your best and reduce your chances of heat exhaustion.

Wear Sunscreen

Too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun not only dehydrates you but also damages your skin and increases your chances of skin cancer. It is incredibly important to wear sunscreen when you are outside for any amount of time to avoid the harmful effects of UV rays. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 minimum and remember to reapply every two hours or after swimming.

Wear Sunglasses

Your eyes can also suffer damage from too much ultraviolet exposure, especially combined with the reflections you see on the water. Grab a pair of polarized sunglasses which will reduce the glare cast by reflections and protect your eyes from the dangerous effects of too much UV light.

Wear UV Protective Clothing

Its best to wear clothes that are tight-woven like denim, canvas, wool, or synthetic fibers, as they block out more UV rays than sheer clothing. You can check the safety of your clothing by holding it up to a light. If you can see through it, then UV rays can likely get through the fabric and damage your skin. You can find clothing designed with sun protection in mind at outdoor recreation stores. This clothing will have an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating on its tag which determines the level of UV exposure.

Find Shade

Most boats have either a dodger, Bimini, or boom awning to cover and provide shade to the cabin area. If you feel you’ve had too much sun exposure, try to avoid more by sitting in the shade. There is also the option of pulling off into a cove and finding a shaded area to anchor your boat for a break.

Avoid the Hottest Time of the Day

The hottest time of the day at Lake of the Ozarks is usually between 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Try to avoid going out during this time by taking an earlier trip or stopping for dinner and drinks at one of the many lakefront restaurants. The temperature starts to cool down around 7:00pm.

Look for Signs of Heat Illness

Untreated dehydration and excessive UV exposure can lead to heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. The symptoms of these conditions begin with thirst, dizziness, sweating, and nausea. They can develop and eventually lead to unconsciousness and possible death. If anyone is exhibiting these symptoms while you’re out on the lake, there are a couple of things you should do. Give them cold water, move them to a cooler spot, loosen any tight clothing, and call 911. Following the steps mentioned above will help eliminate the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke but knowing the signs to look for is just as important.

You can still have fun boating at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend if you take the proper steps to ensure your safety on the water. Before you even get to the boat, make sure you have an adequate supply of water packed, preferably in a cooler with ice. Wear proper clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from ultraviolet rays. Try leaving earlier in the morning to avoid the hottest temperatures in the afternoon. Our boat lift company at the Lake of the Ozarks also recommends finding shade when you need it and making sure you are keeping an eye for any signs of a heat-related illness. By taking these measures, you are sure to have a great day at the Lake of the Ozarks that’s not only fun but also safe!


Summerset Boat Lifts

4277 Old Route 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
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