Tips on Staying Cool

Article from United Healthcare

Summer is officially here and in Central Texas that can mean temperatures above 100 degrees and the heat index even higher. Here are some tips to keep cool this summer.

  • Stay indoors as much as   possible where it’s air-conditioned. If you don’t have air-conditioning, visit the mall or a public library.
  • Stay hydrated and drink water. If you are working outdoors, drink two to four cups per hour.
  • Go out during the morning or night. The sun is the hottest during the middle of the day, so try to avoid the mid-day hours if possible.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Put on sunscreen and wear a hat that covers your head and neck.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing in light colors. Dark colors can trap the heat.
  • Check on at-risk adults who live alone. Check on them twice a day when temperatures soar.
  • Make sure babies and young children are hydrated and out of the sun. When playing outside, encourage them to drink fluids and take breaks.
  • Keep the oven off. Cooking heats up the house. Consider a refreshing salad or sandwich instead.
  • Never leave a child or a pet in a locked car.