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  • Writer's pictureEric Sloss

Stay Cool During Our Heat Wave

Updated: Jun 21

During a heat wave, staying hydrated is crucial. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid beverages that can dehydrate you, such as alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks. Eating water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables can also help maintain hydration levels. Keeping your body's fluid levels up helps regulate temperature and prevents heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Creating a cool environment is essential for comfort and safety during a heat wave. Use fans or air conditioning to lower indoor temperatures. If you don't have access to air conditioning, spend time in public places like shopping malls, libraries, or community centers that are air-conditioned. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out the sun's heat. Taking cool showers or baths can also help lower your body temperature.

Wearing appropriate clothing and adjusting daily activities can make a significant difference in staying cool. Choose lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Using sunscreen with a high SPF will also prevent sunburn, which can further stress your body during extreme heat.

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