Stay Cool, Don’t Be A Fool During Extreme Summer Heat
At this point in time, weather forecasters are predicting the highest temperatures of the year for the coming weekend. It appears we’ll be up above 110 degrees. Might even hit 115. Yikes! What are the best ways to stay cool in this intense summer heat?
Extreme Summer Heat Kills Hundreds Each Year
Surprisingly, even with air conditioning available throughout most of our country, over 700 people die from summer heat each year. It’s not supposed to be humid this weekend, so we don’t have to worry about that. However, there are health factors to consider when dealing with extreme heat.
According to CDC.gov, personal factors can determine whether or not a person can cool off enough in the summer heat. For example: Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use all can play a role in the ability to cool off.
Additionally, CDC.gov goes on to point out that those over 65, children under two, and those with chronic disease or mental illness are at most risk in super hot weather.
CDC Recommendations For Staying Cool And Hydrated
You may hear these recommendations quite a bit in the coming days, but they’re worth mentioning. First, you’ll want to stay indoors, in an air-conditioned house or building. If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a hotel, casino, library, or other public building. If a fan is all you have in your home to stay cool, it will not be enough in the extreme heat coming our way.
Secondly, stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water or electrolyte filled drinks such as Pedialyte or Gatorade. Even if you’re not thirsty, it is best to continue to drink more water than usual to stay hydrated.
Thirdly, you’ll want to limit the use of your stove and oven. That just overheats your living space and makes your air conditioner work overtime to cool your house or apartment.
In addition, you can take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature. It’s also a good idea to have a friend or relative check on you periodically. You should do the same for your friends and relatives. Of course, NEVER leave a pet or child in a hot car during this summer heat.