Well, it’s happened…somebody has turned up the Heat on Grand Lake.  And, I’m not talking about those damned Miami Heat who took down the Thunder (What a great season for the Thunder!)

Nope, I’m talking about the furnace that is an Oklahoma summertime.  It’s here and it’s time to remember the things to do to be safe when you are on or around Grand Lake, or anywhere.

Grand Lake Summertime Boaters

A Summertime Boat Ride on Grand Lake

I am always amazed…I mean ALWAYS AMAZED…at the people who get out there on their boats in the 100 degree heat, with little to no breeze, and spend the whole day out in the sun.  Sure, when I was a tad bit younger I might have had a few days like that, but not anymore!

Anyway, there are a few tips when it comes to staying cool during your Grand Lake fun.  If you follow these steps, you should be in good shape…well, at least not overheated.

  • Stay in the shade as much as you can
  • Make sure you are well hydrated before you even get out in the heat (this does NOT mean drink 7  Bloody Mary’s before leaving the dock!)
  • Lots and Lots of Sunscreen
  • Drink plenty of WATER
  • Make sure you’ve eaten well and feel good before venturing out in the heat.
  • Go Inside!
  • For Gawd’s Sake…Jump into GRAND LAKE!

Obviously, heat stroke is dangerous, and can be life threatening.  If you think someone is overheating, do everything you can to get them cooled off.  I guess the first thing would be get them out of the heat!

I’ve discovered that the American Red Cross has a handy first aid app for both iphone and android devices.  Get it.  You’ll need it.  Hopefully not at Grand Lake, but somewhere along the line it will come in real handy.

Remember, make sure there is plenty of WATER in those coolers as you hit the water on Grand Lake.

Be safe out there…