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5 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., we all know that 100 degree heat is just around the corner. It’s not too early to start thinking about ways to “beat the summer heat” before it starts beating you.

Tips for beating the summer heatWhile prolonged exposure to hot outdoor temperatures are known causes of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke, extreme temperatures indoors can also cause heat-related illnesses.

For some precautionary steps to avoiding these hazards, here are five cool tips to help you cool your house during the summer.

Avoid high alcohol intake during high temperatures

Drinking high levels of alcohol during hot temperatures puts you at greater risk for heat-related illnesses.

The high humidity levels that often accompany high temperatures typically interfere with your body’s ability to sweat. This interference hinders the human body’s attempts to cool itself off. When the body isn’t able to adequately cool down, your risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke increase exponentially.

Don’t over-exercise outdoors during high temperatures

While many Americans love the fact that they can tan and exercise at the same time while on an early morning summer run, excessive exercise in high temperatures can be hazardous to your health.

When the body loses large amounts of salt and water through excessive sweat, your chances of heat exhaustion dramatically increase.

In addition, heavy exertion during high temperatures can lead to the loss of essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium, which also contributes to heat exhaustion.

Wear cotton clothes

While many people realize that wearing white in the summer keeps you cool, those same people may not be aware that cotton clothes keep you cooler than clothes made from synthetic materials.

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The durability of synthetic materials, such as polyester, make them a good choice for outdoor clothing. However, in the summertime, the added durability of synthetic materials compromises the fabric’s ability to breath. For this reason, we suggest wearing cotton clothes in high temperatures to aid your body’s cooling process.

If you don’t have an air conditioner at home, go to a public place that does

When temperatures are in the danger zone, a portable fan can only do so much on a 100-degree day.

If you don’t have access to central air or an air conditioning unit in your home, visit a mall, library or some other public place to take advantage of the AC for a few hours out of the day.

Drink plenty of water and fluids before going outdoors

It’s imperative that you drink a sufficient amount of cold water or sports drinks to combat the possibility of dehydrating in the summer heat. There are six warning indicators that may be early signs of dehydration. These signs include:

Fatigue
Feeling overheated
Dry lips
Dry tongue
Shortage of energy
Thirst

If these symptoms go untreated (without drinking cool fluids), they can lead to more severe types of illness including heat stroke.

Your chances of experiencing a heat-related illness are elevated during the summer, so employ some of the tips listed to stay cool and beat the heat!

These tips for beating the summer heat courtesy of Brown and Reaves Services of Myrtle Beach. Let us help you beat the summer heat by checking your air conditioner now to make sure it’s ready for the long hot summer. Call us today. 843-497-9867.  And remember to Like us on Facebook!

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