The intense summer sun can burn the skin on our head, ears and neck. Wearing a hat and broad-spectrum sunscreen can help block UV rays, protect sensitive skin from sunburn and reduce your chances of
Must-have summer hats
1 A Canadian-made classic with a
lifetime guarantee. Waterproof
material and air vents keep your
head cool and dry. The dark under-brim reduces glare and the fabric
blocks 98 per cent of UV rays;
versatile enough for exploring,
gardening and paddling.
2 The wide brim protects your face,
ears and neck; the straw material
breathes to keep you cool. Durable
enough to be folded; great for road
tripping, picnicking, gardening
3 Straw cowboy hats deflect heat
and circulate air through the
crown to keep you cool. They’re
light, durable and stylish enough
for all kinds of summer events.
4 A fitted baseball hat is perfect for
activities such as rock climbing,
hiking, exploring and paddling,
because it reduces sun glare and
keeps sweat out of your eyes.
Cut the grass, not the safety
Mowing the lawn is a regular summer chore. A relatively easy task, it still calls for some safety measures to avoid
injury as the blades can cause serious injuries.
Remove toys, rocks and other obstructions on the lawn before mowing and protect yourself by wearing closed-toed
shoes, long pants and sunglasses.
Inspect your mower: make sure the blade guard is secure, the blades are sharp and the engine and gas tank are
undamaged. When mowing, always turn the mower off and wait until the blades have fully stopped before examining the
mower for any reason.
Reduce accidents by steering clear of alcohol and drugs. You can also prevent heatstroke by mowing in the early
morning or late evening when the sun is less intense or by wearing a hat and taking water breaks. When emptying the
grass clippings, be sure to bend with your knees to avoid injuring your back.
Keep your mower in good condition by following proper maintenance outlined in your instruction manual.
— Amy Sawchenko
Tilley hat from Pipestone Travel in Calgary; also available at Tilley.com;
Nine West floppy hat courtesy Hudson’s Bay, Calgary Southcentre.
Also available at thebay.com; $40.
Canadian Olympic hat courtesy Hudson’s Bay, Calgary Southcentre.
Also available at thebay.com; $25.
Resistol Mustang hat courtesy Lammle’s Western Wear,
Willow Park Village, Calgary; $104.