Heat is among the top five weather-related causes of fatality in the U.S. This summer is particularly brutal with relative outdoor temperature indexes soaring past 100°F even in typically temperate states like Wisconsin. The heat wave has reached such a degree that it was even the subject of this month’s blog from The White House. President Obama shared a map of the U.S. Forecast of Maximum Heat Index to drive the point home, urging people to “check on your neighbors.” Phoenix itself can expect triple-digit temperatures to continue until autumn, but what happens when the heat just gets to be too much? Here are our top tips for keeping cool in spite of this summer’s heat wave:
Air conditioning is your first line of defense against heat stroke. If you can, stay home and plan for some quality family time. If air conditioning is unavailable at home, call Cooper Climate Control for air conditioning installation or repair in the Phoenix area. Other great ideas include a trip to your local movie theater, mall or public library. These places are all notoriously well-cooled and should provide plenty of entertainment away from the heat.
Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages to keep yourself hydrated during the day. Most people are actually dehydrated before they realize they are even thirsty, so carry a water bottle everywhere you go. We recommend reusable glass water bottles like those from Lifefactory, Glasstic or bkr. If you’re feeling creative, whip up a batch of our favorite old-fashioned pink lemonade served with mint or some lemon slices. It’s the perfect refreshing drink on a hot day!
Dress for the Weather
A lot of people think hot weather means wearing less, but true Arizonans know that less clothing means leaving more of your skin exposed to the harsh sun. Protect your skin with loosely-fitting lightweight clothing. Linen pants and cotton tops are a great way to keep cool and comfortable this summer.
Learn the Warning Signs
Heat stroke or heat exhaustion can come on quickly, especially in older adults, children or people with chronic medical conditions. Pay attention to yourself and others. Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- High body temperature
- Hot, dry skin
- Lack of sweat
- Loss of consciousness
If you suspect you or someone you know has heat stroke, get to a shady area as quickly as possible. Immerse the person experiencing heat stroke in water, but do not give them fluids to drink. Get medical assistance as soon as you possibly can for a full recovery.
Phoenix residents often joke that it’s a “dry heat.” It’s almost a badge of honor that Phoenicians are capable of enduring triple-digit temperatures without complaint. The key is to keep your sun exposure to a minimum and stay smart about outdoor trips during the hot summer months. Keep your air conditioning unit in proper working order or contact us for a completely free consultation. It’s cool to stay healthy in the summertime!