Heat Advisory: Please Follow these suggestions to stay cool
July 18th, 2019
Some easy tips to remember for heat safety are:
- Spend some time in air conditioning, if possible. Even just two hours a day in air conditioning can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness. If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine. Try to go to a public building with air conditioning each day for several hours. Remember, electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help sweat evaporate, which cools your body.
- Drink plenty of water and natural juices, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning from 4 to 7 a.m.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy.
- Avoid going out in the blazing heat, if you can.
- If you must be out in the sun, use sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows open slightly.
- Keep lights down low or turned off.
- Take cool baths or showers periodically, use cool wet towels.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.
- Avoid using the oven.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages and beverages with caffeine such as coffee, tea and cola. They can make you feel good briefly, but make the heat’s effects on your body worse. This is especially true about beer, which dehydrates the body.
- Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Do not leave children or pets in a closed vehicle, even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach 140 to 190 within 30 minutes on a hot day.
- Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink.