Tips for Staying Cool and Safe During a Heatwave

Ahh, summer…a time to head outside and have some long-awaited fun in the sun. But all that fun can come to a screeching end during a heatwave. A heatwave can be dangerous, causing dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heatstroke. Yet keeping yourself and your loved ones cool and safe during the hottest days of the summer can sometimes be a challenge.

Whether you’re at home or outdoors, here are some practical tips to help you beat the heat effectively.

At Home

Use fans and air conditioning. Ensure your air conditioning is functioning properly. Use fans to circulate cool air, but avoid placing them directly in front of windows where they can pull in hot air.

Block the sun. Close curtains and blinds during the hottest parts of the day to keep the sun’s rays from heating your home.

Limit heat-generating activities. Avoid using ovens and stoves during peak heat. Opt for no-cook meals or use the microwave instead.

Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated by drinking water regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages as they can lead to dehydration.

Eat light meals. Heavy meals can increase your body temperature. Eat smaller, more frequent meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Loose-fitting, breathable fabrics like cotton help your body stay cool. Light colors reflect heat instead of absorbing it.

Cool down with water. Taking a cool shower or bath can help lower your body temperature. Alternatively, use a damp cloth on your neck, wrists, and forehead.

Designate a cool room. Choose one room to keep especially cool. Use fans and air conditioning to make it a refuge from the heat.

Outdoors

Avoid peak sun hours. Try to stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest. If you must go out, do so in the early morning or late evening.

Plan outdoor activities wisely. Schedule outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day. Take frequent breaks in shaded areas to cool down.

Use sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Wear a hat and sunglasses. A wide-brimmed hat and UV-protective sunglasses can shield your face and eyes from the sun.

Carry water. Always have water with you. Sip regularly, and make sure children and pets stay hydrated too.

Eat hydrating foods. Snack on water-rich fruits like watermelon, cucumbers, and oranges.

Be aware of symptoms. Symptoms like dizziness, headache, rapid pulse, and nausea can indicate heat exhaustion or heatstroke. If you or someone else exhibits these signs, move to a cooler place, hydrate, and seek medical attention if necessary.

At Pann Home Services & Remodeling, your comfort and safety is our top priority. Should your central AC system fail you when you need it most, contact us anytime, day or night, for the prompt, expert service you deserve.