Although children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat discomfort and illnesses, anyone can be affected by extreme heat. Following are tips to stay cool from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
BeforeUSnugly install window air conditioners and insulate spaces around them.UClose floor heat registers.UUse a fan to circulate air.UKeep storm windows or weather-strip doors and windows to hold cool air inside.
DuringUHang window coverings such as shades or awnings in places the sun hits.UStay indoors on the lowest floor.UEat light meals, regularly drink water and limit alcohol and salt intake.UDress in light, loose clothing and wear a wide-brimmed hat.UAvoid too much sun exposure and, when outside, use sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor.ULimit extreme temperature changes, such as a cold shower after being in high heat. This can cause hypothermia in children or the elderly.UReschedule strenuous activities for mornings and evenings, which tend to be cooler.
For more information, visit the FEMA Web site, www.fema.gov.