We often look forward to the warm days of summer (especially after dealing with the freezing cold winters here in New England) but sometimes lose sight of what affects the extreme heat has on our cars, our pets, and especially us!
Extreme heat is generally defined by temperatures 90 degrees or above, accompanied by high humidity levels. During the extremely hot days we are susceptible to heat rash, dehydration, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. Here are some tips and guidelines to keep everyone safe and cool this summer:
Drink plenty of water – this is one of the most important ways to avoid any heat-related illness. Even if you’re not thirsty, keep drinking! Avoid sugary drinks like tea, coffee and soda – these types of drinks often make dehydration worse. Consuming cold drinks and smaller, colder meals (such as salads and fruit) can also help to keep you cool.
Stay safe in the sun – protect your skin with sunscreen and any other forms of protection while outdoors.
Keep an eye on pets and children – remind your children to drink water, and always remember NOT to leave babies or pets in the car during these hot days even with the AC on. Make sure animals have plenty of water and shade if they are going to be outside.