‘Beat The Heat’ Helpful Tips
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!