Beat The Heat This Summer

As we enter into the summer months, it’s a good idea to prepare for those hotter-than-usual days that Missouri weather always provides. Here are some handy tips that can help you deal with the hot weather – even if you don’t have air conditioning in your home.

– Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
– Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
– Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the
evaporation rate of perspiration.

– Call 211 for the nearest location of a cooling center.
– Use exhaust fans and dehumidifiers when needed.
– Eat light, well-balanced meals at regular intervals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
– Drink plenty of water. Individuals with epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, who are on fluid-restricted diets, or who have problems with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
– Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
– Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
– Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. Wear sunscreen.
– Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
– Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
– Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day; use the buddy system when working in extreme heat; and take frequent breaks.

IF YOUR HOME IS NOT AIR CONDITIONED use moving air to try to beat the heat:
– Open all windows early in the morning to get rid of heat and help cool the home.
– Keep the house closed during the hottest part of the day. Check indoor and outdoor thermometers to make sure that the indoor temperature is still cooler than outside. Later, open up the house so the cooler night air
can lower inside temperatures.
– Use floor and ceiling fans as much as possible to circulate a cooling breeze. Also use window fans if not using air conditioning.
– Sleep in a cooler part of the residence, such as lower floors or the basement.
– Take showers and baths early in the morning or late at night.
– Use appliances and equipment that give off heat (iron, light bulbs, clothes dryer, hair dryer, etc.) only as needed and limit use to the early morning or at night, not during the middle of the day.
– Slow down and avoid physical exertion to avoid heat stress.
– Listen to radio and television for discomfort index warnings and keep in touch with others every day.
– If the residence becomes too warm, try to be in a cooler place during the hottest part of the day – a friend’s or neighbor’s home, a cooling center, senior center, shopping mall or library.


The National Weather Service has additional information about keeping safe in extreme heat, common heat disorders for those involved in outdoor recreational activities at
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