The Heat

As we have officially moved into summer, I am re-posting and updating an earlier post about the heat.  It is important to keep up to date on the weather and to know the signs/symptoms of heat-related illnesses.  Here is the updated post:

Cooling off the house options:

  • Window Air Conditioners.  Keep the air on “recycled/inside” air.  This cools the room faster and keeps the unit from working too hard.  If possible, set the AC unit to Energy Saver.  Energy Saver periodically comes on to check the current temperature in the room and only runs the AC if the room needs cooling.
  • InsulFoam for Windows:  Local hardware store sells sheets of InsulFoam that comes in a variety of thickness and can be cut to fit into a window.  It helps to keep the heat out.  Close the window shade behind it to keep in place.  At night, take out to open window.
  • Cardboard: Cut to fit the shape of the window and put in.  Close the window shade behind it to keep in place.  At night take out to open window.
  • Blankets: With nails, tacks, etc., hang up to block the sun from coming in the window.
  • Fans
  • Run the washing machine, dishwasher, dryer before or after the hottest time of the day
  • Try not to run the oven during the hottest time of the day

Keeping Cool:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and cool.  Carry water with you if you go out.
  • Wear straw hats, or hats that cover the head and face.
  • Stay in shaded areas.
  • Wear sunscreen.  Keep in mind that there are two types of radiation; UVA causes wrinkles, UVB causes sunburns and both can cause cancer.

For the car:

  • Use sun shades
  • Park in the shade if possible
  • Do not leave kids, pets, people, elderly, infants, etc. in a parked car.  Even with the windows open the heat inside a car can get a lot hotter than it is outside.  For example if the temperature outside is 80 °F within ten minutes the temperature inside the car can be 99 °F.  Within an hour, the temperature inside the car can rise to 123 °F, while the dashboard or seat can rise to 180 °F or more.  Children’s bodies heat up faster than adults do, and pets do not perspire across their entire bodies.  It does not take long for heatstroke to set in.  Heatstroke leads to death.  In some states, it is illegal to leave a pet locked in a car.

Check on relatives, neighbors, and friends that might not have an AC unit in their home.  The young and elderly are more susceptible to dehydration.

Links:

The Heat (https://roseylinn.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/the-heat/)

Heat: A Major Killer (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml)

Heat Illness (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_illness#Children_and_pets_in_cars)

Animal Law Info (http://animallaw.info/articles/State%20Tables/tbusdogshotcars.htm)

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