Beat the Heat

Harris County Public Library has some great tips on keeping cool, as temperatures rise:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, stay in the coolest part of the house and use  electric fans.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Your body needs fluids to keep cool. Avoid beverages with  caffeine and alcohol.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you work outside, do it during the coolest part of the day.
  • Eat smaller meals, but eat more often.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat.
  • Always use sunscreen. Sunburn makes the body’s job of  keeping cool more difficult.
  • Although all are vulnerable to excessive heat, be sure to check on the elderly, children, and those who are ill as they are  particularly at risk.
  • Ensure that your pets are provided with shade and adequate water.

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