Tips to Remain Cool in Hot Weather
Wear Clothing to Suit Season:
- Choose lightweight and loose-fitting clothing to stay comfortable in the heat.
Stay Indoors in a Cool Atmosphere:
- Seek air-conditioned places whenever possible.
- If your home lacks air conditioning, visit places like shopping malls or public libraries having cooling systems.
- Even a few hours in an air-conditioned environment can help your body stay cooler when you go outside.
- Check with your local health department for heat-relief shelters in your area.
- Electric fans may provide some comfort, but they won’t prevent heat-related illness in high temperatures.
- Opt for cooling off with a cool shower or bath or by moving to an air-conditioned place.
- Reduce the use of stoves and ovens to maintain a cooler temperature at home.
Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully:
- Limit your outdoor activities to the coolest parts of the day, such as morning and evening hours.
- Rest frequently in shaded areas to allow your body to recover.
Pace Yourself with Rising Temperature:
- Decrease the intensity of your exercise during hot weather.
- If you’re not used to working out in a hot environment, start slowly and gradually increase your pace.
- If you experience a racing heart, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, confusion, weakness, or fainting, stop all activity immediately.
- Move to a cool area or shade, rest, and seek medical attention if necessary.
- Protect your skin from sunburn, which can hinder your body’s ability to cool down and lead to dehydration.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, and apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher at least 30 minutes before going outdoors.
- Reapply sunscreen as directed on the package.
- Choose sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” for the best results.
Do Not Leave Children in Cars:
- Cars can become dangerously hot, even with a window cracked open.
- Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in a parked car, regardless of the circumstances.
- To remind yourself of a child in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and place it in the front seat when the child is buckled in.
- Before leaving your car, double-check that everyone, including any sleeping children, has exited the vehicle.
Avoid Hot and Heavy Meals:
- Hot and heavy meals increase your body’s heat.
- Opt for lighter and cooler meal options to help maintain a comfortable body temperature.