5 Tips to Survive Extreme Heat
Here are some strategies folks in hot regions of the US use to stay cool. Adapt them to fit your needs whether you're outside all day or working in your garden for the afternoon.
1. Hydration is key
Hydrating at frequent intervals is critical, rather than waiting until you’re at your maximum thirst.
The minute you think you need a drink, stop and take the drink right then. If you don't you'll end up getting heat exhaustion.
2. Drink cool - not cold - water
This distinction makes all the difference. The sensation from drinking extremely cold water is like getting a brain freeze from a Slurpee, except amplified.
3. Start early
If you’re working outside, make every effort to start before the sun comes up or at least before it’s reached its peak.
Many outdoor work crews in extremely hot regions start work at about 5 a.m., and the crews try to finish up by 1 p.m.
4. Stay wet
If you have stopped sweating, please recognize it as the first sign of heat exhaustion.
No matter what you are doing, go sit in the shade, sip some water - just sip it, don't chug it.
A roofer in Arizonia said that when working with metal roofing he brings a hose up and douses himself with water to stay cool.
5. Dress strategically
Wear long sleeves and light colors to reflect the sun.
Even the color of your footwear is significant - white shoes versus dark shoes could mean the difference between having cool feet and feeling like you have blisters.