It’s summer, and temperatures are rising. How are you going to beat the heat this year? What if your air conditioning goes out? What if you are stranded out in the elements? How will your survive when the temperatures soar? Here are some tips to weather the extreme heat.
Stay indoors if possible. Staying out of the heat, obviously, will help you to stay cooler, and not being out in the sun will keep you from feeling as physically drained. You can overheat quickly if you aren’t careful, and you may not realize it until it is too late and heat exhaustion is setting in.
Drink lots of water. The last thing you want is to get dehydrated. Tat can cause a host of other problems, so drink, drink, drink. Not only will it keep you hydrated, it will keep you cool as well! Try to avoid sodas, as they won’t rehydrate you like a glass of ice cold water.
Don’t wear tons of clothes. I know that sounds weird, but what I mean, is dress for the weather. When it’s hot, don’t wear several layers. Dress in lighter colors, as darker colors will attract the sun and you will get hotter!
Take a swim! There’s nothing like a dip in the pool or lake on a hot day to cool you down.
Avoid the sun between the hours of 10am and 2pm, as those are when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
If you’re working outdoors, use some cold water to wet down a cloth, and keep it on the back of your neck when you take breaks. This will help to cool your body down.
Use your oven only if you have to do so. Using it will heat up your house and make it harder to cool down. Try eating cool foods like raw fruits and veggies, salads, and sandwiches that you don’t have to cook.
Take care of chores like working in the garden in the early parts of the day, as he sun is coming up, or late in the day, as the sun goes down. Avoiding the hottest parts of the day will make the work more bearable.
Take a cold shower or a lukewarm bath to cool down at the end of the day. This will help you to rest better than if you were hot.
Run your ceiling fans and box fans in rooms where there is high traffic. If you can, try to stay in a few rooms of your house during the day, and close off the others. This will keep the temp down in the house which will make it more bearable.
Take care to make sure that you animals stay well hydrated as well. Offer them cool water several times a day, and provide outdoor animals (including your livestock) a place to get out of the sun and heat.
If you have to be out and about in the heat, make sure to take plenty of water with you, and dress accordingly.
Following these guidelines will ensure that you are proactive about bearing the summer heat.
What are your favorite ways to cool down when it is hot?