Tips to Stay Cool and Hydrated

Heat wave

In light of the burning, terrible heat of summer 2011, I thought these tips to keep us cool and hydrated would be useful.

Stay Cool
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.

Stay Hydrated
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.

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