Keeping cool in the hot summer months is a goal everyone wants to achieve. Between cool drinks, air conditioners, fans, and pools, we’re all looking for ways to avoid the heat. Even though no one likes being hot in general, one thing to be extra careful of is heatwaves. Heatwaves are periods of excessively hot weather that can be dangerous if we’re not careful. They can lead to rolling blackouts and raise the likelihood of wildfires. They can also be dangerous to our health by causing heat-related illnesses such as dehydration and heat-stroke.
So, what can you do to stay cool when a heatwave hits?
- Stay Hydrated – This might seem like an obvious one, but sometimes we can forget how important it is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of cool water can help you avoid symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
- Close the Blinds/Curtains – Draw the blinds and curtains to prevent warmth from coming in. If you have rooms in the house that tend to get warmer than others, close the doors and stay in the cooler rooms.
- Wear Thin, Loose Clothing – Wearing lightweight clothing, like cotton or linen shirts, dresses, and shorts can help keep your body cooler than heavier or form-fitting clothing by increasing breathability.
- Create Your own “Swamp Cooler” – As mentioned, heatwaves can lead to rolling blackouts, cutting off our access to an A/C or Fans. For this one, all you need is a 5-gallon bucket, a battery-powered fan, and some ice water. Here’s a quick DIY to building your own at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHbQYajfGqM
- Dampen Your Curtains/Hang Wet Sheets – Hanging wet curtains or sheets near windows allows the breeze passing through them to cool down more through the evaporation of the water.
- Go Swimming – If you have a friend with a pool or live close to a community pool, head over with a cooler and some snacks and make a day of it. Just don’t forget your SPF!
- Head to the Movies – If you don’t have A/C at home, seek out Air-conditioned public spaces like a grocery store or the movie theater.
- Have an Emergency Kit – In the instance that the power does go out during a heatwave, it’s best to be prepared. Having an emergency kit with water, batteries, a flashlight, sanitation products, snacks, medicine, etc – can save you from a lot of hassles during an emergency.
We hope these tips help you feel more prepared for when a heatwave strikes. Stay cool out there!