Mind your health in the heat today. It’s going to be hot, with an expected heat index of 103 degrees, and nearly as high tomorrow. My 16 year old just went through some heat related illness, gave us a scare, and reminded me that though we usually think protectively of the elderly and babies when we think about heat exhaustion, stroke, dehydration and heat poisoning, they can affect anyone.
Here some ideas for staying cool, without overtaxing the grid. We don’t want another black-out in the middle of this heat!
Tips for staying cool
First, and most importantly is remembering that our bodies need to sweat in order to cool us off. In order to do that we have to stay hydrated. Drink water, drink water, drink water. My daughter’s difficulties (high temp, massive headache, nausea, disorientation!) came from letting herself get dehydrated plus playing out at the beach on a too-hot day.
#1- use fans at night and in the morning to bring in cool air
#2- close the windows when it becomes hotter outside than inside
#3- close curtains on sunny windows. I didn’t have a kitchen curtain, so hung a temporary towel this morning when the sun came in that window
#4- if you have window air conditioners, place in the room you’ll be using most and close the doors rather than cooling multiple rooms
#5- have children? Turn off the electric and head out to places already cooled. Local library and stores are good places to visit in the hottest part of the day. Or the pool or swimming hole. (just be sure to keep getting wet and cooled off and stay in the shade as much as possible)
#6- headed to the office? Use Amtrak or MetroNorth if you can. Both are air kept nice and cool.
#7- no AC? Wet towel or pretty cotton scarf wrapped loosely around the neck. Re-wet towel hourly
#8- take a cool shower several times, get into a shallow cool bath or kiddie bath to cool off
Stay cool, and safe, and we’ll try to not over-tax the grid…
Tips for protecting your dog in the heat: http://www.gsrne.org/