After a long winter, temperatures are predicted to hit the upper 80s this weekend in Fresno. Even though the Pacific is still a cool 59 degrees, higher temperatures on land mean taking extra care of your health. Each year, heat-related illnesses are responsible for more deaths than tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning and floods combined. While you enjoy the sun this spring and summer, keep these helpful safety tips in mind.
- Stay hydrated. It doesn’t matter if you’re an active outdoorsman or spend most of your day behind a desk. When the temperatures climb, so should your (non-alcoholic) fluid intake. If your body is hot or overheating, avoid extremely hot drinks and grab something more (indoor) room temperature to avoid stomach cramps.
- Never leave anyone, pets and humans alike, in a parked car with closed windows. Temperatures can skyrocket in mere seconds in an non-air-conditioned vehicle.
- If the temperatures hit the high 90s, take extra care or stay indoors in an air-conditioned building. For efficient home cooling, set your thermostat to 78 degrees and utilize your ceiling fans. The wind chill will make it feel up to five degrees cooler without you having to pay for the extra energy.
- Dress in sun-protective gear. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and lightweight clothing will help to keep your body cool while protecting it from the sun. Before you get dressed, protect your skin with sunscreen (at least SPF 15). They make several lightweight options for body and face that won’t leave you greasy and smelling like a piña colada.
Take special care of infants, young children, seniors and athletes because they are more susceptible to heat exhaustion. If you even suspect someone has heat exhaustion, get them indoors immediately for hydration and rest to prevent it escalating to heat stroke. Cool baths and applying cool rags to pulse points are other great ways to safely cool an overheated body down.
(*If you suspect heat stroke, bring them immediately to an emergency room, as it is a life-threatening illness.)
We hope you all will take extra care of yourselves in these warmer temperatures. And remember, if your air conditioner isn’t ready to take on the summer’s heat call the air conditioning service expert at Lee’s Air.