Florida is the hottest state year-round in America and consistently ranks in the top ten warmest states, so it’s important that residents and visitors find ways to beat the heat during the summer months.
More than 600 people die every year in America due to the heat and these deaths are entirely preventable. Knowing how to keep cool could save you or your loved one’s life.
Don’t Go Out During Peak Heat Times
If possible, stay indoors during maximum temperatures (noon or afternoon). Schedule shopping errands or exercise routines for early morning or evening. If going out during peak hours is unavoidable, be sure to use cooling stations.
Take a bottle of water when going out. A spray pump of water is also refreshing for the face.
Wear Cool Clothing
Wear loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing and a sun hat to stay cool. This will also help prevent sunburn.
Using a fan in addition to the air conditioning will provide cooling relief at home. When you’re out, hand-held, battery operated fans are a good option.
Make Sure the AC Works
Maintain and service the air conditioning unit regularly to make sure it’s in good working condition. If it needs repair, make sure this is done before summer, if possible. Air conditioning companies in Florida can arrange an emergency service if the AC unit breaks down when the day is too hot. If your home doesn’t have an AC unit, consider having one installed.
Chronically ill, elderly, or very young people are at a greater risk of heat stroke. Spending time in shopping malls or other public places that have air conditioning is another option.
Cool Off in the Shower
Have regular tepid baths or showers to stay cool and refreshed.
Know the Signs of Heat Stroke
The common signs of heat stroke include:
· High body temperature
· Rapid pulse
· Red skin
· No sweating despite being hot
· Breathlessness or difficulty breathing
· Nausea and vomiting
· Erratic behavior
If some or all the signs are visible, the person should be hospitalized. Knowing what to look for can save a life. These few simple tips and behavior modifications will keep everyone safe and happy during the sunny season.