5 Hot Weather Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life
Summer is upon us and temperatures are already soaring into the 90's. According to the American Red Cross, approximately 400 Americans lose their lives due to summer's blazing heat. Taking some simple precautions and drinking plenty of water could save your life this summer.
Wear lightweight, light colored clothing while out in the heat. Light colors reflect sunlight and can keep you cooler. Hats are also a good idea, as are umbrellas if available.
Drink lots and lots of water when you have to be out in the heat. It's a great idea to keep a bottle of water or juice with you at all times. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which can dehydrate you.
Take lots of breaks and avoid strenuous activity in the hottest part of the day. If you have to get out in the sun and work, try to pick the coolest parts of the day.
If air conditioning is available, bask in its glory whenever possible. If not, stay out of the sunshine on the lowest levels of your home. Remember: electric fans do not cool, they only circulate air.
When it gets hot, remember to be a good neighbor and check on the elderly, disabled, and those who do not have air conditioning in your neighborhood.