The warmer weather allows us to enjoy the great outdoors.  However, we also need to remember the dangers that excessive heat can bring.  Heat can be dangerous for everyone especially children and the elderly.  Whether you’re enjoying time at the pool or working outside in the yard, check out our tips for staying cool this summer.

  • Air conditioning – If air conditioning is available, use it. 
  • Fans – If air conditioning is not available use overhead or window fans to keep air flowing.
  • Windows – Keep windows and blinds shut during the day to block the sun and heat.  Opening windows at night when there is a cool breeze will help keep air flowing through your home.
  • Water misting fan – Use this hand held, battery operated device that sprays a mist of water while a fan blows to keep you cool.
  • Dress accordingly – Wear natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen or performance fabric rather than polyester, rayon, or other artificial fibers.  Also, be sure to wear light colors.
  • Turn off electrical items – Use your oven and stove as little as possible–eat out, eat cold food, or use the microwave.  Turn off your lamps, tv and computer when you’re not using them – these items produce a lot of heat when in use.
  • Cucumber – Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber and stick it in the middle of your forehead! This feels fantastic on a hot day or when stuck in a hot car, and works almost immediately!
  • Water – Water could be one of the most important keys to staying hydrated and cool in the heat.  Keep a spray bottle to spray when you get too warm, bathe in cold water, drink, soak feet in ice buckets, or soak a t-shirt.  Running cold water over each wrists for 10 seconds each will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.
  • HYDRATE – The key to preventing dehydration is to drink before you are thirsty and avoid caffeine or alcohol.  Drink lots of water or sports drinks.  Sports drinks replace electrolytes and provide carbs to working muscles.

Signs of dehydration:

  • Dry lips and tongue.
  • Headache.
  • Weakness, dizziness, or extreme fatigue.
  • Concentrated urine that appears darker than normal.
  • Nausea.
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