Dangerous heat is headed our way by the end of the week. Follow these tips to stay safe in a heatwave.
The hottest weather of the summer is predicted to be here on Thursday (7/21) with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and heat index readings about 110. Make sure to take it easy until things cool back down. Here are some important tips for surviving summer heat.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Your body cools itself through perspiration depleting your system of badly needed fluids. Make sure you drink plenty of WATER. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as both of those are more likely to dehydrate you. Power drinks can replace lost electrolytes but are also high in sodium.
- Adjust your schedule. If you like to go for a morning run, get up earlier to get that run in before it gets too hot. If yard work needs done, push it back toward the end the day. Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day.
- Wear light colored, lose fitting clothing.
- Pull the shades and crank up the fans. Even if you have AC, pulling the shades will keep your home cooler with out the sun beating through the windows and fans will help keep air circulating
- Keep lights and appliances off as much as possible. These items generate heat and that is the LAST thing you want to do.
- Eat foods with high water content/Avoid high protein foods. Watermelon, grapes, cucumber, and tomatoes are all mainly water (as much as 90% by weight.) Eating them in abundance will keep you hydrated. On the other hand, high protein, rich foods are harder for the body to digest and can increase your internal body temperature.
- If you don’t have AC, find cooling stations. Give your body a break from the heat. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public place that does and give yourself a chance to cool down. Malls and public libraries are great places to go and don’t require you to spend money.
- Learn the symptoms of heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include profuse sweating,weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, lightheadedness, and muscle cramps. If you experience any of these symptoms stop what you are doing and cool down. If symptoms get worse, seek medical attention immediately.
- Know your own susceptibility to the heat. Every one has different tolerance levels. Age, over all health and medications you are taking can impact how well your system can deal with the heat.
- Keep an eye on your pets. Animals are impacted by heat as much, if not more, than humans. Make sure your pets have a cool place to be and plenty of cool water to drink. Avoid walking dogs during the heat of the day as pavement can get hot enough to cause 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the pads of their feet. NEVER leave a pet unattended in a car for any amount of time.