We are in the middle of a “Heat Wave”!  In fact we have an official Heat Advisory in effect today as heat indices will approach 100-degrees this afternoon.  (That’s sort of like the equivalent of ‘wind-chill’ in the winter).

This weekend, Tom Garrett posted a blog about about how to keep cool that had several creative and good ideas.  Here’s another list of ways to ‘beat the heat’ courtesy of the American Red Cross website:

*Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming advisories and warnings.

*Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household.  Have a plan for wherever you spend time and prepare for the possibility of power outages.

*Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit.

*Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight.  They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.

*If you don’t have air conditioning, choose places you could go for relief during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).

*Get trained in First Aid and learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.

*Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met

*Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Avoid caffeine or alcohol.

*Eat small meals and eat more often.

*Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.  Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.

*Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

*Postpone outdoor games and activities.

*Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.

*Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

And here’s a tip I think is especially important…

*NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS ALONE IN ENCLOSED VEHICLES!

Stay cool and remember, Christmas is just five months away!