We’re in the final days of summer, believe it or not. If you’re taking the kids out to the amusement park, pool or somewhere else for an end-of-summer bash, it’s important to stay safe in the hot, August weather. In some cases, taking care of your body in extreme temperatures could make the difference between life and death. Here are the top three ways to beat the summer heat this weekend, courtesy of Champion AC.
Dehydration is the first step down the dangerous road toward heat stroke. If you neglect your recommended eight cups of water a day, your body won’t be able to properly cool itself down. If your body reaches 104 degrees, it is considered heat stroke, a potentially deadly heat illness. To remain healthy and hydrated, carry a reusable water bottle with you during your day-to-day activities. If you fill it up each time you leave or return home (or just when you run out of water), it will still probably be more than you were drinking in the first place. Keeping your body properly hydrated is an important habit to keep all year round for bright skin, healthy digestion and an alert mind.
Cool Off Indoors
Air conditioning can be a necessary luxury during a southern summer. A cool home isn’t just important for physical comfort. You need it for mental comfort, too! The typical person sleeps best in temperatures between 60 and 68 degrees. Your body’s core temperature must lower to initiate sleep. A hot, stuffy house can lead to irritability, exhaustion and even insomnia. Spending some time indoors isn’t just for humans. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pets. Bring your dogs and cats inside during the heat of the day. Animals can suffer from heat exhaustion and stroke, too. Whether your home is equipped with a window unit, central air conditioning or a new, efficient ductless mini split system, you can make sure they’re ready for the summer with a AC tune-up in the spring.
Sunburns aren’t just dangerous for your skin. They contribute to high body temperatures, dehydration and, therefore, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wearing sunscreen and protective clothing can keep your whole body safe and cool during a hot summer day. Ladies, floppy hats are back in so throw one on. Long sleeves are even possible in the summer if you opt for breathable fabrics like linen. Guys, now is the time to try out those fedoras. (It’s about the attitude!) There are tons of fun ways to cover up in the summer, but the most important is with a good SPF. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.