Plenty of summer left

Published 10:30 am Saturday, July 8, 2017

Now that the Fourth is behind us, there’s still several weeks ahead of sun, heat, humidity and thunderstorms.

To help stay cool, we suggest the following:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Don’t get burned even when doing yard work. Put on sunblock about 30 minutes before venturing outside. Wear a hat as an added precaution.
  • Speaking of yard work, take care of that either in the cool of the morning or evening when feasible.
  • Install awnings outside of windows or get indoor shades that can effectively block the heat and light.
  • Use a parasol when walking outside.
  • Check around the house that cool air from air conditioning is not escaping through doors or windows.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit caffeinated drinks such as colas or coffees.
  • If you don’t have to be outside, then don’t.
  • Libraries are cool places to retreat, with a plentitude of books and activities for all ages.
  • If you have neighbors who are elderly, check on them to ensure they are all right. Lend an extra fan if possible.
  • When it comes to sleeping, use cotton versus other blends, such as polyester.
  • The same goes for clothing. Cotton will ventilate more effectively. Wear light-colored clothes.
  • If you have to be outside for an extended time, be aware of symptoms of heat illness, such as headaches, nausea or dizziness.
  • Drink plenty of water. We really can’t say that enough.