12 Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

  • Be aware of the heat. Pay attention to it and modify your activities appropriately.
  • Pay attention to your hydration status, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try to stay in relatively cool areas, even when outside. Many public places such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres are air conditioned.
  • Avoid hot enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave children unattended in a car parked in the sun.
  • Use a fan, if available.
  • Stay on the lowest floor of your building.
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.
  • Weather stripping and proper insulation will keep cool air inside your home.
  • Cool beverages are good for cooling down the body, while alcoholic drinks can impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

8 Signs of Heat Over Exposure

  • Heavy sweating. But if heat stroke sets in, the body can no longer compensate and stops sweating.
  • Pale skin
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Altered mental status (confusion or disorientation)
  • Headache
  • Becoming semi-conscious, or passing out.
  • Nausea or vomiting¬†

6 First Steps to take After Recognizing Heat-Induced Illness

  • Call 911.
  • Get the person out of the sun and into a cool area. An air-conditioned area is ideal, but moving someone into the shade will also help.
  • Apply water to help the person cool off.
  • Apply ice to the neck or armpits, where large blood vessels are close to the surface.
  • Remove any heavy clothing
  • Immerse the body in cool water, either at a swimming pool or in a bathtub.