Bye, bye June Gloom and hello Summer!
While we love the longer days and sunshine, we're also concerned about the extreme heat. Cool ocean breazes help, but here are some tips, courtesy of the City of Santa Monica, to keep you healthy and feeling good.
• Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water, even if you aren't thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.
• Never Leave Children, Pets or Adults Alone in Closed Vehicles
The temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.
• Stay Indoors as Much as Possible and Limit Exposure to the Sun
Avoid strenuous activity during the warmest parts of the day, which is generally 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are outside, take frequent breaks, find shade, wear light clothing and a hat, and use sunscreen.
• Take Steps to Prepare Your Home if You Don't Have Air Conditioning
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, or awnings. Consider making temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to place between windows and drapes.
Consider purchasing a window air conditioner and insulation before a heat wave starts. Use attic fans to remove your home's heat. If temperatures are above 95 degrees outside, do not use electric fans as they could increase risk of heat-related illness.
Taking a cool bath and staying hydrated can help you stay cool when temperatures increase indoors.
• Check on Family, Friends, and Neighbors
Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps.
Check on children, older adults, pets, and athletes—who are more vulnerable to extreme heat—to ensure they don't exhibit signs of heat-related illness.
Be ready to help a loved one or neighbor who doesn't have air conditioning and may need help during an extreme heat event. If your home has air conditioning, invite them over during the hottest parts of the day.
• Find Places in the Community to Stay Cool
Santa Monica's five public libraries are great for catching up on reading while escaping soaring temperatures. Or cool off at one of the city's many splash pads (at the Annenberg Community Beach House, Virginia Avenue Park and Tongva Park) or swimming pools!
This article was repurposed from a City of Santa Monica press release.