Okay, it’s hot. I don’t know that it is good for our bodies to go from 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in one day. Or, if we are going to experience that change, to have planned for it, traveled to it, hit the tourist spots and then come back to what we know, the cool.
Okay, enough whining.
Some “stay cool” tips:
1. Open your windows in the morning, before you leave and let in the cool air. Close windows and draw the shades before you leave (if you have venetian type blinds, close them or angle them upwards. That way, light is reflected up and into the room and direct rays of the sun are not let in.)
2. In the evening, use our northwest natural air conditioning. Open your blinds and windows and set fans to circulate the cool air.
3. If you have a basement, set your fans to bring the cool basement air up to the rest of the house.
4. Your car, when the windows are closed, can reach extremely high levels of heat very quickly. DO NOT LEAVE anything living in the car when you lock it up. It will be dead, or close to it, when you return.
5. If your car is left in the sun when you lock up, have one of those front window cover thingies in place to keep the car a bit cooler. Also, you won’t burn your hands on the steering wheel or thighs on the seat when you get in.
6. Kids will be outside and in the streets in this weather. Watch for them and keep the speed down so you have time to react.
7. Don’t forget to keep your bodies air conditioner in top shape. Drink water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Your “thirst meter” is not reliable in very high heat.
8. Liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar cause you to lose more body fluid, so limit them.
You all be safe out there. Call us if you need us and have a wonderful July.