How To Cope With Heat
So Leigh just informed me people are literally dying and not just mad cause they are hot, so from someone who literally lives in a desert, here is how to survive the heat without air conditioning
- drink a lot of water. The more you sweat, the more water your body loses, the less well your body can cope with extreme temperatures. Replenish.
- If you are indoors, dress down as far as you can. If this means literally being naked, go for it. Shorts, undies, tank tops, etc, whatever keeps your skin aired out. This helps you sweat less.
- Pull the blinds, close the curtains. Block out as much light as you can. Light is heat. Artificial lighting is better than natural light as far as temperature goes.
- That said, keep whatever indoor lights you can off.
- Try to avoid using the oven.
- If you are outdoors, wear a hat, cover your shoulders, pull your hair into a tight ponytail or take an umbrella to block the sun. Consider sunblock if available.
- Be aware of Reflective Burn, which is where the sun bounces off water and burns you from all new angles. Fun.
- If you can’t keep your house cool, try to take it easy. Get as comfortable as you can and try not to do anything physically strenuous that can be avoided. Avoid using blankets or covering your feet.
IMPORTANT! AVOID HYPERTHERMIA AND HEAT STROKE!
- If you feel dizzy or faint, GO INSIDE. If inside already, sit down till you feel a little better.
- If someone is able to, have them run you a lukewarm bath. Not a COLD bath, that could send you into shock, but a lukewarm bath. Run it yourself when you feel able to stand if there’s no one to help.
- Either sip saltwater or eat a small palmful of salt and drink water with it. Salt makes you retain more water. Eating salt can make you retain up to 4 lbs of water, maybe more. Don’t go crazy but you can use the extra water in this heat.
- Lay down, blankets off, with a cool rag on your forehead.
- If you are throwing up without signs of stopping or if you faint at any point or if anyone you know has these symptoms SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. If you are excessively dizzy and cannot regain your balance or feel better after sitting for awhile SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.
- Check in on friends and neighbors who may live alone to make sure they are okay.
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Maggie wrote a good thing.
Awesome list! As a lifelong veteran of Filthy Stinking Humid Heat I will also add:
- Eat. You may not want to, but you need to. Even if you are sitting perfectly still, a heat-stressed body is working hard and burning calories. Water alone is not enough. You need to eat also.
- Be mindful of your pets and children. If the air temperature is 90F (33C) then pavement (especially blacktop), asphalt, sand - any sort of hard / heat-absorbing surface like that - can very easily be 110F (37C) or hotter. There is a ‘cushion’ of extremely hot air down there (usually about ‘knee deep’ on a hard black surface, like a road) that your dog or toddler is walking on and breathing in. Small bodies get hot much faster than large ones.
- Another one for the pet owners since I’m on the subject anyway, the safest way to cool off an overheated dog is to bathe their paws in tepid/cool water. Resist the urge to dunk the whole dog or to use very cold water, thermal shock is just as bad as having gotten too hot. Heat exhaustion in dogs looks much like heat exhaustion in people - hard breathing, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, disorientation.
- Take breaks BEFORE you ‘need’ them. Seriously. Really and truly, this ‘simple’ thing is my best piece of advice. If you truly must be out in the heat working / exercising / doing whatever, be extra-cautious, stop often to rest. Don’t push yourself, don’t wait until you ‘feel hot,’ don’t let it get to the dizzy point, that’s how people get hurt in hot weather.
It’s ass cold here, but it’s ass hot in Australia right now. Always good to share these tips.