Despite the common perception that hurricanes and tornadoes are the most dangerous weather event, heat waves kill more Americans than any other type of natural disaster. The American Meteorological Society reports that on average heat kills more than 1,000 people per year. HMS recommends ways to beat the heat in July, which is statistically the hottest time of year!
Watch out for signs that you are getting too hot which include
- dry tongue
- dark urine
Minimize time spent outside, but if you’re headed out bring a portable fan, spray bottle and water. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids is crucial. Under normal conditions, the body’s internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body. However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Use ice packs by placing them in front of a fan or inside of a pillow-case. Keeping your head cool = keeping your body cool.
Comment below to let us know how you beat the heat!