As we head in to a nearly nationwide heat wave this weekend, we wanted to pass along important information about how to stay safe as the “feels like” temps are projected to reach 115 degrees! Night time temperatures won’t be providing much relief either with projected lows only falling to the high 70s in some areas.
We all know to avoid being outdoors as much as possible during the hottest hours of 11:00am-3:00 am and to stay hydrated. Here are a few more tips on how to stay safe and avoid heat-related medical emergencies:
- Take cold baths or showers.
- Splash yourself with cold water if you get overheated.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
- Eat hydrating foods. Experts particularly recommend onions because they have electrolytes to replenish your body. Fruits and vegetables are typically high in water content. Coconut water naturally adds electrolytes to your hydration plan and may be easier to consume than a raw onion!
- Wear loose-fitting, cool clothes.
- If you go outside wear a hat and sunglasses and use sunscreen.
- Check up on friends, relatives, and neighbors who may be less able to look after themselves.
Remember your pets too! It is best to keep them in an air-conditioned location and to limit their time outdoors to only what is necessary. Keep plenty of water available. If your furry friend is a dog, they might enjoy being spritzed with water, being given ice cubes to eat and having their paws soaked in cool water.
What will you do to stay cool and have fun this weekend? Please share your plans with us. Stay safe and cool!