Plenty of summer still remains

Published 10:16 pm Monday, July 10, 2017

Now that the Fourth of July is behind us, we can look forward to several weeks of intense sun, heat, humidity and thunderstorms. Today’s heat index is expected to climb above 100 degrees, and tomorrow is forecast to be even hotter.

To help stay cool and safe this summer, we suggest the following:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t get burned even when doing yard work. Put on sunblock about 30 minutes before venturing outside. Wear a hat as an added precaution.
  • Speaking of yard work, take care of that either in the cool of the morning or evening when feasible.
  • Install awnings outside of windows or get indoor shades that can effectively block the heat and light.
  • Use a parasol when walking outside.
  • Check around the house that cool air from air conditioning is not escaping through doors or windows.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit caffeinated drinks such as colas or coffees.
  • If you don’t have to be outside, then don’t.
  • Libraries are cool places to retreat, with a plentitude of books and activities for all ages.
  • If you have neighbors who are elderly, check on them to ensure they are all right. Lend an extra fan if possible.
  • When it comes to sleeping, use cotton versus other blends, such as polyester.
  • The same goes for clothing. Cotton will ventilate more effectively. Wear light-colored clothes.
  • If you have to be outside for an extended time, be aware of symptoms of heat illness, such as headaches, nausea or dizziness.
  • Drink plenty of water. We really can’t say that enough.

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