Surviving A Heat Wave

If you are in the middle of a heat wave where you live, then you want to make sure you keep yourself and all your family members safe from heat exhaustion or even worse, heat stroke. Here are tips to help you keep your body temperature cool during extreme temperatures to avoid health issues –

Limit your time outside during the heat of the day – When you know you are going to be in for a hot day, you want to plan your day so you don't get caught out during the worst part. Even if you have to set your alarm to wake up earlier to run your errands so you can be finished before the afternoon hours, then you should do so. Or, you can put some of your errands off until the evening hours, but keep in mind many businesses may already be closed by then.

Wear light clothing – If you have to go out in the heat of the day, you want to wear light and airy clothing. Also, make sure they are light colored. Wearing darker colored clothing will absorb more of the heat and making you feel hotter.

Sip on water constantly – Bring cold water with you everywhere you go and sip on it every few minutes, even if you don't feel thirsty. If you go too long without drinking water you can suddenly find yourself feeling overly thirsty and then you will drink a lot of water too fast and end up feeling sick.

Use the air in your car – While it's true that using the AC in your car can give you worse gas mileage, you'll find it to be well worth it if you do have to go out during the hotter part of the day. On very hot days, even with the windows down the car won't be a very cool place when you have hot wind whipping in your face and you'll get extremely hot when stopped at traffic lights or at stop signs.

Use wet bandanas to keep cool – When you go out, wet and freeze some bandanas to take with you. You can wrap them around your neck to help you keep cool. You can also place them on your wrists and pat your face with them to help yourself feel cooler.

Get your air conditioner serviced before those hot days come – When you see a heat wave on the horizon, you should get a tech out to service your air conditioning system so you know it is ready to go and won't end up failing you when you need it most. If you don't have an HVAC system, think about having one put in ASAP!