The awaited summer is here in the Northern hemisphere. We have been waiting for long days and chill nights enough — let us not ruin the moment in case the heatwave comes along!
As much as we love the warm months, they also come with a fair share of dangers. Extreme temperatures and air pressure swings can be especially hard on some of us:
- Elderly people, young children, and babies
- People with health conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases, respiratory issues, etc.
- People with obesity
- People on certain types of medication — we recommend double-checking with your doctor
- People with mobility problems
- People who consume alcohol and/or drugs
- People who are not acclimatized to the heat, for example, visitors
- Let us not forget about PETS! They can’t tell us they are suffering from the heat, however, that extra layer of fur doesn’t help when the thermometer goes up.
There are lots more personal criteria that can play a role when you are exposed to high temperatures. Even young and healthy people can get a heat stroke or a sunburn. Let’s enjoy the upcoming months safely — we have come up with a list of advice and practices.
- Limit the outdoor activity when the sun is at its hottest. This concerns sports in particular — it can be tempting to play tennis in the sun; however, it is twice as hard on your body. If you absolutely must be outside during extreme temperatures, stay hydrated, wear light fabrics and pace your activity.
- Stay hydrated and don’t wait to be thirsty to drink water. Did you know that thirst is a sign you are already dehydrated? At the same time, only clean water counts as hydration. Tea, coffee, alcohol, and sodas dehydrate the body and only contribute to the negative effects of hot weather.
- Keep your house cool. Your home is your chill castle in summer. However, you want to avoid extreme temperature changes when you enter your place from the outside — air conditioning causes an insane number of colds in summer. Being sick in July is something you want to avoid.
When it comes to fans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not recommend relying on the old good fan as the main source of cooling during high temperatures either. At high temperatures, fans create a false sense of comfort and they don’t reduce body temperature.
We recommend creating lower temperatures at your place with a personal evaporative air cooler.
Why? Because it’s the most natural way to cool yourself, with a gentle temperature change, just enough humidity — like a breath of fresh air, literally.
- Take care of your four-legged friends and their comfort in summer — you can check out more on this in one of our recent articles on making your house pet friendly.
- Wear sunscreen. Even when you are not on the beach. Even if it’s cloudy. The clouds let through 80% of UV. Apply SPF 15 minutes before going out and then reapply it every two hours when you’re in the sun — sweating can also wear it off. Make sure your sunglasses come with UV protection as well — the sensitive skin around your eyes will thank you!
- Wear light, natural fabrics. The best fabrics to keep you cool in summer are cotton and linen: breathable, light, natural, and casual.
- Avoid a heatwave if you can. In case the weather forecast warns you about an upcoming heatwave, make your best to avoid it and arrange your errands the way you don’t do them when the temperature is at its max. A portable air conditioner for a car, tent, van, or hotel room helps you recover if you happen to be traveling.
- Use the stove and the oven as little as possible. This one goes together with keeping your house cool — don’t add unnecessary degrees to the temperature in your cool castle.
- Keep your food safe. Refrigerate everything that needs refrigerating and defrost produce in the fridge, not outside!
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down. Great lifehack to improve blood circulation as well!
Watch out for signs of heat stress among those around you:
- muscle pains, cramps, or spasms
- heavy sweating, paleness, weakness, dizziness, headache nausea, or vomiting
- confusion, fainting, or unconsciousness
- high body temperature with dry skin (without sweating)
- rapid pulse
Get medical help! High temperature, dizziness, and rapid pulse can be a sign of an emergency!
Our goal at Evapolar is to keep you safe and comfortable, wherever you may be.