As we move through July and into August, sunny weather can become scorching weather in a flash. Instead of roasting outdoors, you can beat the heat and save your summer by following these tips on how to stay cool!
In the heat, you need to replenish the water in your body more often than usual. Drink plenty of water or any other hydrating drink, though stay away from caffeine or alcohol ̶ drinks containing these will make you more dehydrated, not less. Mild headaches, thirst, and muscle cramps are signs of mild dehydration, while severe dehydration can cause dizziness, rapid heartbeat, confusion and lack of energy.
Wear Light, Loose-Fitting Clothing
Loose-fitting, lightweight and lightly colored clothing is the best clothing for summertime. Lightweight clothes don’t trap as much body heat as heavier clothes, and light colors absorb less heat from the sun than dark colors.
Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Heat exhaustion is caused by exposure to high temperatures and it can manifest as headaches, clammy skin, muscle cramps, dehydration, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. If you or someone you know has heat exhaustion, move the affected person somewhere cool and rehydrate him or her while helping them cool down. Heat stroke can happen if someone with heat exhaustion doesn’t get cooled down, and it manifests as slurred speech, staggering, confusion, delirium, headache, dizziness, nausea and even seizures. If you suspect someone suffering from heatstroke, call 911 and try to cool down and rehydrate the person until help arrives.
Check on Friends, Family, and Neighbors
If you know anyone who is more likely to be impacted by the heat, it’s good to check on him or her. Be sure not to leave your children or pets in the car as well. The inside of a car can get hot fast, even if you’re only away for a short while.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you do have to be outside, make sure to take frequent breaks. Stopping every 15 to 20 minutes or so for water and a break indoors is the safest way to keep working. Even if it takes longer to do something, you’ll lessen your chances of dehydration or heatstroke.