It’s the beginning of summer and we are already in a heat wave. The sun is shining and the pavement is beginning to shimmer. The beaches are filling up with people and air-conditioning is everyone’s best friend. Since the A/C can’t go everywhere with everyone, here are some tips on staying cool during the hot, hazy days of summer:
Water – Drink plenty of water. Our bodies need to consume 2L of water on an ordinary day, but, if you are going to be out in the heat, you will need to drink at least 3-4L. This will help ensure your body doesn’t suffer from dehydration.
- Wear light colours – Light colours reflect light, while dark colours absorb light. This will help keep your body temperature lower as well.
- Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day – If possible, find your way inside between the hours of 10am and 3pm as this is when the sun is at its peak. For those people who work outside during the day, take more frequent breaks and sit in the shade as often as possible.
- Use fans – Hand fans can help circulate the air around you, even if there is no sign of a breeze.
If you have friends or family or neighbours who suffer from heat related illnesses, check on them frequently. They may need your assistance. Children should also be encouraged to drink plenty of water and to play in the shade. Pets should be given extra water as well.
Hopefully, you’ll stay cool all summer and have fun!