JOHN WELCH'S TOP TEN - SURVIVING A HEAT WAVE
JOHN WELCH'S TOP TEN;
TIPS FOR SURVIVING A HEAT WAVE WHILE IT’S HAPPENING
- Stay hydrated with plenty of water—even if you are not thirsty. Hot weather causes you to sweat, and it’s vital to replenish the lost fluids or you’ll overheat. Have a water bottle within reach as you go about your day to avoid dehydration.
- Never leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles—even for a second. Keep your pets indoors and make sure they have access to a cool space and plenty of water.
- Stay inside during the hottest part of the day (10 A.M to 4 P.M.) and limit time outside in the Sun. Avoid strenuous activity and postpone outdoor games and events.
- When you are in the outdoors, make sure you stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Wear a hat or even carry an umbrella. Wear sunscreen!
- Set your air conditioners to a lower temperature and use curtains or blinds to keep direct sunlight out. If A/C is not available, stay indoors on the lowest floor in a well-ventilated area with fans. Keep shades and blinds closed. If you do not have air conditioners, place a tray or dish of ice in front of a fan and it will help to cool your room quickly.
- Do not drink alcohol, sugary soda, coffee, energy drinks, or other caffeinated beverages, as they dehydrate you! That is the last thing you need during a heat wave.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Eat food with nutrients (not empty carbs) and food with higher water content (fruits and vegetables).
- Wear light, loose-fitting, airy, light-colored clothing and a hat made of breathable material. Tight clothing traps heat.
- Check on family and friends who are elder or more susceptible, especially if they may have lost A/C. If you or someone you know is experiencing heat-related issues (rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, headaches, muscle cramps, vomiting, diarrhea), call your doctor.
- If you feel overheated, cool off with wet washcloths on your wrists and neck or take a cool sponge bath or shower. Carry a cold-water bottle spray or cooling facial mist with you and spritz cold water on your pressure points to bring your body temperature down.