10 Heat-Beating Tips
- If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Consider a hat to protect your face and head.
- Use an air conditioner if you have one.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, keep rooms well-ventilated with open windows and fans. Consider spending the warmest part of the day in a public building such as a library, store, mall, movie theater or find a local pool.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids – particularly water – even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
- Eat light well balanced meals and avoid hot or spicy foods.
- Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest hours of the day – usually 11 AM to 4 PM. If you must engage in outdoor activities, rest often and plan them for the early morning and evening. Work or rest in the shade when possible.
- Cool showers or baths may be helpful, but avoid extreme temperature changes. Never take a shower immediately after becoming overheated – extreme temperature changes may make you ill, nauseated, or dizzy.
- Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
- People taking medicines for high blood pressure, depression, poor circulation (water pills) may be more susceptible to heat related illnesses
- Make a special effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with special needs.