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Texas Heat Wave: How to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave When Your Power is Out

Texas Heat Wave: How to Keep Cool During a Heat Wave When Your Power is Out

  Heat waves pose serious health threats, particularly to older individuals and those living with an existing medical condition or disability. Heat waves can wreak havoc with heart and breathing function as well as lead to heat exhaustion or even heatstroke in vulnerable people. Experts advise staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, wearing sunscreen and a hat, taking frequent breaks in shaded areas and eating light meals to stay cool. 1. Drink Water U.S. residents and those across other nations are currently facing extreme heatwaves, and many will find themselves without air conditioning in their home - when this occurs it's crucial that people understand how they can remain cool and hydrated without access to refrigeration/freezer power supplies. Drink plenty of water each day based on your weight, whether that means water, juice, tea or non-caffeinated sodas. Water is ideal as a source of hydration since it doesn't contain added sugars or caffeine which could cause dehydration; for added flavor add cucumber slices or lemon wedges for additional taste; alternatively if you want something a little heartier consider green tea as well. As part of a plan to beat the heat during a heat wave, it is also recommended to consume electrolyte-rich drinks to replenish lost electrolytes when sweating heavily. If unsure, urine color can provide clues as to whether you need additional fluid intake; dark yellow urine indicates you should increase intake accordingly. If you are going out in the hot sun, try to pace yourself. Instead of drinking large quantities all at once, take small sips throughout the day rather than all at once. Additionally, make sure that you hydrate before and after exercising as well as during breaks; if dehydration becomes an issue for you ask friends or family members to check in regularly and call for assistance if necessary; also consider public buildings such as libraries or parks which have air conditioning during part of their day as they can offer temporary relief from heat stress. 2. Wear Wet Clothes In times of extreme heat, damp clothes can help you to keep cool. Wearing wet socks or a wet t-shirt while sleeping will allow the water evaporating from it to help bring down body temperature, making sleeping easier. While this may feel cumbersome or strange at first glance, without air conditioning it could be your only means of restful restful slumber both day and night. At home, opening your curtains and windows to let in fresh air will help to keep you cool and maintain a healthy indoor climate. Incorporating ceiling fans can further assist with keeping cool air circulating throughout your house. When exercising outside, it's wise to avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day - particularly if wearing heavy clothing and a hat. If necessary, try exercising early morning or late evening. Heat waves can be hazardous to health. If you experience heat exhaustion or heatstroke symptoms, seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Heatstroke can result in brain damage, kidney failure, and even death while heat exhaustion causes dizziness, headaches, weakness thirstiness shaking - with older people particularly susceptible due to not sweating as freely. While turning on the air conditioner may provide relief, its excessive use of energy contributes to global warming and climate change. Instead, use these non-energy intensive strategies for staying cool during a heatwave to protect family health and save money. You may still use electronic devices, but try conserve battery life so as not to run out of power when the lights return on again. 3. Dip Your Feet in Cold Water As heat waves sweep across the world, now is the time to consider quick and effective cooling strategies. While taking a dip in a lake or pool might not always be feasible, keeping cool at home with some simple steps is possible - one such is immersing your feet in cold water via bucket of water or even just some ice cubes in your sink can quickly reduce body temperature, providing instantaneous relief in afternoon heat waves while leaving you feeling refreshed. Running cold water over your wrists is another simple and effective way to stay cool in the heat, since they contain numerous blood vessels which absorb heat quickly. A cool washcloth or placing an ice pack around them can also provide similar relief. Other cooling techniques include eating fruits, vegetables and salads to avoid your body storing calories and protein which could raise its temperature and cause you to sweat more. Furthermore, spicy food stimulates heat receptors in your mouth which further increases sweat production and causes you to perspire more heavily. Finally, it's key to exercise during cooler parts of the day, since heat peaks typically during afternoon and will start ebbing away by evening. If possible, try exercising outdoors first thing in the morning before it heats up too much and before having to head out into work or run errands. 4. Stay in the Shade As heat waves intensify, it is crucial that people seek shade as much as possible. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and high temperatures can result in serious health risks including heat exhaustion, heatstroke and hypothermia. If you must go outside, be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat, as well as take breaks indoors or in a shaded area during the hottest part of the day. Maintaining a cool house during a heat wave is another great way to remain comfortable. Fans are an effective way of pushing hot air outside while opening windows can help cool your living space even further. Be mindful that just opening one window may allow in fresh air while expelling hot air - opening multiple windows will create cross breezes instead. Switch off all appliances that produce heat, such as your TV and radio, to conserve energy and help keep your home cool without depending on the power grid. This can save energy costs. After seeking shade and using a fan, it's also essential to drink lots of water during a heat wave. Experts suggest taking in two to four glasses of non-alcoholic fluids every hour; caffeine and alcohol are especially dehydrating; sunglasses should also be worn to protect eyes. If discomfort arises during such times, visit your doctor or local emergency room as they can provide medications that can ease symptoms. 5. Stay Hydrated Drinking enough water during a heat wave is essential, especially for people who exercise or spend most of their day outside. Water is the easiest and best way to rehydrate - for best results use cool, clean water rather than soda or coffee as your hydrator of choice. If plain water gets tiresome try adding cucumber slices, lemon juice, or ice cubes as refreshing options or even the popular coconut water trend which contains low amounts of sugar yet high levels of electrolytes that help with dehydration. If you suspect dehydration, one simple way to tell is the color of your urine. Darker shades indicate that more fluid should be consumed; other ways include drinking water-based smoothies or fruit juices and eating foods high in water content like berries and peaches as well as limiting caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee. Be especially wary of infants, young children, people over 65 years of age and anyone taking certain medications; particularly infants, young children and people taking medications with health complications or taking certain medicines such as diuretics. Confusion, dizziness headaches and general weakness are warning signs that require medical intervention. A power outage makes staying hydrated even more important; make sure that you include bottled water in your emergency preparedness kit along with leaving one tap running so that it can be filled as necessary; additionally ideally having a cooler or ice chest is beneficial in providing extra storage of extra water in case it needs replenishing during power outage scenarios.

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