Time for early morning yard work

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Fri, 06/04/2010 - 11:47.

Summer is definitely here.  Anyone who tries yard work from 10 AM to 4 PM is either crazy or a professional.

I have learned that getting your yard mowed early is easier and much safer.  In times of high temperatures and high humidity, mowing during the heat of the day is asking for trouble.

Two or three years ago I was mowing during the dangerous period of the day and got dizzy.  I managed to make it in the house and collapsed on the floor.  My wife thought I was having a heart attack and called 911.  They were there in minutes, but by the time they arrived I had started to recover.

They diagnosed my problem as heat stroke.  I had been fishing a few days in a row and had let myself get dehydrated.  Now I am very careful about fluids.  I drink lots of fluids before and during outside work in the heat.  I actually have some fluids waiting by the chair which I have positioned in the garage to catch our near continuous breeze.  I use it as my cooling off spot.

We have a good-sized yard, so yesterday I started mowing shortly after 8 AM and thankfully finished by shortly after 9 AM.  After I cooled a little, I rinsed off in our shower and headed over to the Bluewater pool for a cooling dip.

It was a great way to get my body temperature back to normal.  In the afternoon when I was showing property I went through two big bottles of liquid. 

When it comes to heat stroke, I know how scary it can be, so I would rather be safe than sorry.

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