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Sizzlingly Summer: 8 Heat Safety Tips for Surviving the Scorching Extreme Hot Weather

Summer is officially here! As much as we love the feel of sunshine on our skin, the heat can be not only uncomfortable but also dangerous. Believe it or not, heat can cause severe injuries, heat exhaustion, and even death if not monitored properly. That's why we've compiled a list of eight heat safety tips for surviving the scorching extreme hot weather of Southeast Missouri.

Read on to find out how you can beat the summer heat and stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

How to Prepare For Extreme Heat: 8 Heat Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the sunshine. However, with the extreme heat that comes with the season, it's essential to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from heat-related illnesses.

To ensure that you can enjoy all the summer has to offer, we've compiled a list of eight heat safety tips that will help you stay cool and comfortable when the mercury rises.

1 - Hydration is Key:

Staying hydrated with electrolytes is crucial during hot weather, as high temperatures can deplete your body's fluids quickly. So be sure to consume at least eight glasses of water and avoid drinking alcohol as this can dehydrate you faster.

2 - Dress Comfortably:

Wearing lightweight, light-colored, and breathable clothes is ideal during hot weather. Avoid dark colors as these absorb heat and make you feel more uncomfortable.

3 - Keep Sunburn at Bay:

Sunburns are more common during the summer due to increased exposure to UV rays. Make sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 (apply every two hours), and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and face.

4 - Timing is Everything:

Avoid going out during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 11 am to 3 pm, and schedule outdoor activities in the morning or evening when it's cooler.

5 - Stay Indoors:

If possible, stay indoors during the hottest times of the day, especially when the heat index is 90°F or higher. Take advantage of the air conditioning, fan, or cooling centers that may be available in your area.

6 - Check your AC Unit:

Regular maintenance of your AC unit is crucial during hot weather to ensure that it's running efficiently. This will not only keep you cool but also lower your energy bills. Call Dutch to schedule your maintenance today!

7 - Don't Leave Pets or Children in Cars:

Leaving pets or children inside a car, even if the windows are left open, can be fatal. The temperature inside a car can rise rapidly and can be deadly within minutes. Pets are also prone to heat exhaustion and dehydration, so make sure they have plenty of water and a cool place to rest if kept outside. Also, avoid walking them on hot pavement as this can burn their paws.

8 - Be Aware of Warning Signs:

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are serious conditions that require immediate medical attention. Look out for symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, headache, confusion, or an elevated body temperature.

Heat Safety Awareness Precautions

Summer can be a beautiful time of year, but it's crucial to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during hot temperatures.

By following these eight heat safety tips, you can stay cool, protected, and make the most of the long, sunny days.

Remember, proper hydration, dressing comfortably, timing outdoor activities, staying indoors, checking your AC unit, keeping your pets cool, and being aware of warning signs are all essential in surviving the sizzling summer weather. Stay cool, stay safe, and enjoy this beautiful season!

And don't forget - Call Dutch to schedule your maintenance today!

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