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9 Tips For Staying Safe From Heat in Summer

Summertime is usually a fun and relaxed season where you meet up with friends and enjoy the weather. Of course, it can also be a huge pain if the heat is wearing you down. Too much heat can lower work performance, reduce patience, put stress on relationships, leave you miserably uncomfortable and threaten your health. Sometimes too much heat can be downright dangerous. The following will explore a few tips that you can employ to help keep you cool in the summertime.

A Note About Heat Stroke

Before diving in, it is essential to talk about the dangers of overheating. If someone is experiencing any symptoms of heat stroke such as a core body temperature of 104 F or higher, heat-induced headaches, confusion, slurred speech, delirium, nausea, flushed skin, rapid breathing, racing heart, or any other common symptoms, you need to take immediate action to cool them down and seek medical attention. Putting something from the freezer on the back of their neck, the top of their head, or their wrists can help quickly lower body temperature.

Air Conditioning

Of course, one of the major things you can do to keep things cool in the summertime is to get an air conditioning system for your home. Specialists at www.iceaclv.com refer to this as a comfort system because that’s exactly what air conditioning does: it helps keep things comfortable. If a full system isn’t needed or you’re researching with non-home locations like your work in mind, you can always purchase a portable air conditioning unit that plugs into an outlet. 

Close the Blinds During The Day

You might not realize it, but the sun streaming through your windows does a lot to heat up your home, especially in the summer when the days are long. To mitigate this heat, close your blinds and curtains first thing in the morning. This will help prevent the sun from baking your home all day. In the evenings, once it’s dark, you can open the blinds.

Heat Reducing Film

There is a product you can buy in most hardware stores that can be applied to windows to help them better insulate. The film is clear and so won’t damage your view out the window at all, but will serve to reflect heat away from your home. As a bonus, this film can be left on in the wintertime as well, where it will continue to insulate things.

Work With Nature

While this tip might take a while to pay off, it can do wonders for the cooling of your home for years in the future. Plant foliage like trees and taller bushes gathered around the home can help stop heat from creeping into your home through the roof and windows. They can also provide shade for your yard, which can keep you cool when you’re outside.

 

Open The Windows At Night

Evening air and a fresh breeze can bring refreshing, cold air into your home. Opening your windows at night to get a cross-breeze going will help everyone sleep better but will also fill your home with nice, fresh, cool air, which can be trapped inside if you close the windows as soon as you wake up.

Switch Off Appliances

Appliances and electronic devices all produce a little bit of heat. On hotter days, this can quickly add up. Switch off appliances and devices whenever they’re not in use. If you want to take this to the next level, you can unplug things when they’re not in use. Devices that are plugged in are still using a bit of electricity and, therefore, releasing a bit of heat. If you get in the habit of unplugging things that aren’t in use, you can also save a bit on your utility bills each month.

Cook Outside

One of the things that can dramatically increase the temperature of your home is cooking, especially if a meal needs the oven to be left on for a bit longer than average. Avoid all this by cooking outside; grilling or cooking over a bonfire in the backyard can help keep that heat outside rather than inside.

Keep Yourself Shaded

When you’re outside, many people focus on sunscreen, but this won’t protect your body from overheating. If you feel hot or uncomfortable, this is your body telling you that it would like to move to a cooler location. Listen to your body. Seek out a cool indoor space or, at the minimum, some shade.

The above information can help you keep things cool when you’re dealing with the hotter days of summer. Again, heat can be dangerous; respond to overheating or symptoms of heatstroke quickly. If you’re unable to provide a cooler temperature for yourself, get into a public space like the local library that can.

 

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