The Dog Days of Summer can be brutal with temperatures in the 100’s and heat index exceeding 105 degrees. It’s important to be safe in extreme conditions such as these.
Here are 10 tips to beat the heat.
- Stay hydrated.It is recommended that you drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water every day.
- Keep your home safe and comfortable by running the air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day and by letting in cool air in the early morning and late evening hours. If you need financial help to keep your home cool, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/liheap.
- If your home isn’t air-conditioned, take a break during the hottest part of the day by going to a movie, shopping at an indoor mall, or visiting a library.
- Eat light. Reach for salads or fruits and vegetables such as watermelons, strawberries, peaches and oranges which are watery and help keep you hydrated (and cooler).
- Keeping your blinds or curtains closed and keeping the use of the oven, dryer and dishwasher to a minimum will help minimize heat build-up in your home.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing, made of natural fabrics, like linen or cotton and sunscreen.
- If you must go outside (gardening, errands), plan this for the early morning hours when it’s coolest.
- You can soak your feet in cool water to keep cool.
- Avoid alcohol and carbohydrate drinks.
- Remember to check on the elderly and disabled and those who do not have air conditioning. And do not forget, pets also feel the effects of the heat. Just like humans, they can succumb to heat related illnesses.
Avoid Heat Exhaustion
If you or a loved one experiences heavy sweating, weakness, a fast and weak pulse, nausea or fainting, this could be a sign of heat exhaustion. In this case, move to a cool location as quickly as possible. Lie down, loosen clothing and apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible. Sip some cool water. Read more about heat exhaustion here >> https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-exhaustion/symptoms-causes/syc-20373250
When to Call for Help
Heatstroke is a more serious situation and is characterized by a body temperature above 103 degrees, hot and red skin, a rapid and strong pulse, or unconsciousness. In this case, call 911 immediately. Before paramedics arrive, move the person to a cooler environment, apply cool cloths, but do NOT give them fluids. Read more about heatstroke here >> https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke/symptoms-causes/syc-20353581
Enjoy your summer!
With a little diligence and preparation, everyone should be able to enjoy these dog days of summer safely.