How to keep cool in a heat wave

“We’re having a heat wave; a tropical heat wave…”

Not really. It’s a dry heat. A high-pressure system parked itself over Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. Parts of Nevada and California are feeling it, too.
Now, as to how to keep cool during the heat wave?

1) Stay inside during the hot parts of the day
When my mother was living in Tucson during the 80s and early 90s, she would go out in the early morning and late evening to do yardwork and water the plants. I asked her once why she never went out in the middle of the day, and that was her response, to stay inside during the hot part so you don’t get heatstroke.

2) If you have to go out, don’t take just water with you. Take other liquids as well.
There is such a thing called “water drunk.” It’s when you drink lots of water and you don’t replenish your body with the nutrients it needs. During this time, drink water in moderation. Drink tea with lemon. Gatorade and PowerAde are excellent replenishers.

3) Buy neck cooling bandannas
They were the rage in the 1990s, now they’re perfect for the heat of summer. Always carry one or two with you if you have to go out.

4) Know the signs of heatstroke and act accordingly
I know this isn’t a “How to keep cool” way, but it’s important for safety. Summertime is the time for heat-related deaths and illnesses. To prevent that, follow the three ways above and you may prevent it. If you do get heatstroke:
– go inside a cool building or get under shade.
– sip cold/cool liquids. Don’t guzzle or you’ll throw up.
– Place cool washcloths on your forehead and neck.
– Call 911 or have someone do it for you.

I’ve lived in southern Arizona all my life. I’ve seen only four years in which it snowed. I’ve lived in the heat and I’ve seen what it does to people. Don’t let the heat get you down.


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