We may barely have crossed the border from winter into spring, but the truth of the matter is that we’re now on an inexorable run towards summer. Daylight Saving Time has kicked in, the days are getting longer, and anyone with a pollen allergy is well aware that new plant life is bursting into bloom all around us. The current crisis may mean that we’re not spending much time outside to get confirmation, but let’s be honest – winter is definitely in the rear view and we’re unlikely to get much use out of cold-weather clothes for the next few months.
As we’ve already hinted, this summer stands to offer some challenges that have not been present in other years, and our minds may have been distracted from the need to prep for the warmer months to come. That’s a necessity that can’t be put off much longer, however, so there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind with a view to getting through the middle portion of the year intact. We’ll go into those below.
Carve out your own calm space
In prepping your home for summer, one important step you should take is to ensure that everyone has an area where they can seclude themselves when necessary. Not to put to fine a point on it, the warmer the weather gets the more difficult it can be to be among people, even your closest loved ones. The coronavirus crisis makes this all the more important, but it’s more than that – body heat from others increases the temperature in any enclosed space. If you’re to survive the summer months, you’ll need somewhere you can head off to with a jug of iced water, and perhaps a fan, to get through the hotter days.
This space should be easy to set to your preferences – a blackout blind and any other accoutrements you need to keep things bearable – because you could be spending more time than usual in such a space this year.
Make sure your appliances are up to scratch
At this time of year, keeping cool is tricky, but essential. We all need to get our required quantity of water at any time, but drinking cool water can be one of life’s great luxuries at this time more than any other. Keep a close check on your refrigerator to make sure that you can keep things cool as the summer progresses. More importantly, it is now that you need to consider any AC repair, so test your air con unit to make sure it’s ready to last the summer. The idea of a breakdown in the middle of July when it’s going to take much longer to find an alternative really doesn’t bear thinking about.
Equally, you may not be having friends around any time soon, but you are likely to want to fire up the BBQ grill for a few meals. Check your grill from top to bottom to make sure that it’s safe and in full working order ahead of grill-out season.
Make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked
For various reasons, summer is the season when we are all most likely to run into difficulties that can require medical intervention. As we all know, now is pretty much the worst time to fall ill or sustain an injury, as doctors and hospitals are dealing with a pandemic. If an injury or a symptom of illness can be treated at home, it most certainly should be. Keep a supply of bandages and sticking plasters, as well as antihistamines and – this is essential – vital medications including epi-pens. If you need to go to the emergency room, well, you need to go. But if you can make preparations that prevent you needing to go, please do.
Things you will need to bear in mind include whether you, or anyone living with you, have ongoing conditions, or allergies, that need medicating or are more likely to flare up in summer. Consider the fact that, this year above all others, supply lines may be affected and you may need to request prescriptions earlier than usual. Finally, with more pests around thanks to the warmer weather, make sure that you have the necessary supplies to treat an insect sting should one happen.
There’s lots to love about the summer time, and that’s as true of this summer as any other before it. If you make the necessary home preparations now, you’ll get to enjoy it like any previous summer too.