In light of the burning, terrible heat of summer 2011, I thought these tips to keep us cool and hydrated would be useful.
Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Check on those most at-risk twice a day.
Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.
- Drink more water than usual.
- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
- Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
- Avoid liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
- Remind others to drink enough water.
Btw, Metro has allowed its riders to carry and drink water in its stations and trains. Here is Metro’s press release.