How to Stay Cool During the Hottest Year on Record
NASA and many others are predicting 2016 to be the hottest year on record. So far, there have been many heat advisories issued across NJ and the rest of the country, and the National Weather Service warns that the recent “heat dome” encompassing the mainland U.S. right now will move east over the weekend.
Welcome to summer, where temperatures can soar and potentially become deadly.
5 Tips to Beat the Heat
- Stay hydrated. The best way to stay cool is to drink plenty of cold water. Carry around a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day. There is no substitute for plenty of water.
- Run your fans. Hot air rises and cool air falls. When you run the fans in your house, including the fan in your HVAC system, you can circulate the hot air upstairs and the cool air downstairs to help you even out the temperature throughout the house.
(Bonus tip: turn off your electronics. Lights, appliances, and electronics generate a lot of heat. So turn off your computer, television, and your stove when you can.)
- Close your windows and draw your blinds. The sunshine is nice but it can heat up your room. Draw your blinds to keep rooms shaded, and keep your windows closed (especially if you're running your air conditioner).
- Don't forget your pets! Those furry family members can't get rid of their fur coats! So make sure they have a shady place to play and plenty of water in their bowl. It’s also important to keep them off hot surfaces. If you can’t hold your hand to the ground for more than 5 seconds, the ground is too hot for your pet’s paws.
- Crank the air conditioner (but make sure it's running at peak capacity) Your air conditioning system is just like your car: it needs to be checked at least once a year by a certified professional to make sure it's running at peak efficiency. Otherwise, it could fail to cool your home adequately, it could run inefficiently and cost you money; or, it could burn out completely because it's not functioning. Neglecting annual maintenance can also end up voiding any manufacturer warranties you may have.
The National Weather Service recommends:
- Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads. If you pack food, put it in a cooler or carry an ice pack. Don’t leave it sitting in the sun. Meats and dairy products can spoil quickly in hot weather.
- Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids.
- Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.
- Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
- Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.
- Take a cool bath or shower.
- Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Keep your children, disabled adults, and pets safe during tumultuous heat waves.
- Don’t leave valuable electronic equipment, such as cell phones and GPS units, sitting in hot cars.
- Make sure rooms are well vented if you are using volatile chemicals.
- For more heat health tips, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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