Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot!
Today is the official first day of summer! Yay! Its a time of year where we all pack away our coats and blankets and breakout the flip flops and tank tops. I love summer… the Fourth of July is right around the corner and dinner is always from the grill. But with summer comes humidity and heat — the arch nemesis for women across central Illinois.
Why you may ask? Just take this photo for example.
See. It is not a pretty sight. I typically straighten my hair, but in the summer, I don’t even attempt it. The natural curl gods would win every time! I am just looking forward to tomorrow afternoon when I go to my girlfriend’s house and float in her in-ground pool. Pools are my savior and refuge during the summer. I stay cool and, more importantly, my hair is wet so it doesn’t matter how humid it is. (Haha)
But many in central Illinois work outside and cannot escape to an air conditioned building or to my friend’s pool. Here are a few things to remember when you are feelin’ hot, hot, hot.
- Water, water, water! It is very important to stay well hydrated, especially if you work outside. It helps to keep your body cool and working properly.
- Take it easy. Take breaks from physical labor when working outside and try to only work during the coolest part of the day which is typically from 4am to 7am.
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing (light colors reflect away some of the sun’s energy) and plenty of sunscreen.
- Take care of Fluffy and Fido. Make sure your pet has access to shade, a constant source of water and NEVER leave them in a parked car.
- Know the signs of heat stroke. Signals of heat stroke include hot, red, and usually dry skin, changes in consciousness, rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. If you or someone you know experience symptoms, call 911 or your local EMS number. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the body by wrapping wet sheets around the body and fan it.
Summertime means fun under the sun. But when the mercury rises, be careful not to let a heat-related illness spoil the day. There are no Red Cross tips for humidity hair I’m afraid. I have looked.