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Beating the Heat: Tips to Help You Stay Cool This Summer


As we approach the “dog days of summer,” a period known for its intense heat, we want to ensure everyone's safety by sharing some effective tips and strategies to help you stay cool and comfortable this season.

  1. It’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as both can have the opposite effect.
  2. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing. When sunlight hits dark shades, it converts to energy, thus making you hotter. However, there’s an important caveat: covering your skin (even with darker colors) will protect you from skin-related cancers. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen (SPF 30 and higher)!
  3. When you're working outdoors, remember to take frequent breaks and hydrate yourself. Avoid vigorous exercise or strenuous physical activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
  4. Those without air conditioning can escape the heat by visiting public places with climate control, such as libraries, grocery stores, recreation centers, etc., between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. Some municipalities may have cooling centers, similar to warming centers in the freezing temperatures of winter.
  5. Stick to shady areas whenever possible. The tree canopy protects you from the sun’s direct rays and keeps you feeling cooler.
  6. Enjoy cold foods and snacks like popsicles, ice cream, or slightly frozen fruits. Avoid cooking in the oven, as it will contribute more heat to your home.
  7. Take a cool shower or bath to keep your body temperature cool. If that isn’t an option during the day, you can use a cool, damp washcloth and drape around the back of your neck.

Lastly, it’s essential to know the signs of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the symptoms of heat exhaustion are dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, nausea, headache, and weakness. On the other hand, heat stroke is an immediate medical emergency that can cause confusion, dizziness, and unconsciousness. If someone is demonstrating symptoms of heat stroke, call 911 immediately. In both instances, it’s important to act quickly and decisively by moving the person to a cooler area, encouraging frequent sips of cool water, and loosening any tight-fitting clothing that traps heat around the body.

Following these tips and advice from experts will help keep you safe and healthy this summer. Making some small adjustments will be worth it, and they will prevent you from missing out on all the fun the season has to offer.