Beat The Heat: Surviving a Heatwave - Tips to Keep Cool and Comfortable

Beat The Heat: Surviving a Heatwave - Tips to Keep Cool and Comfortable

As temperatures soar during a scorching heatwave like on the East Coast, staying cool isn't just about comfort—it's essential for your health and well-being. Whether you're at home, out with your pets, or trying to keep your food fresh, here are some invaluable tips to beat the heat and stay cool:

Tips for Staying Cool:

  1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration accelerates in hot weather, so keep a water bottle handy and sip regularly.

  1. Stay Indoors During Peak Heat: Limit outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, typically from late morning to early evening. If you must go out, seek shade and take breaks in cool, air-conditioned spaces. You can always bring a cold pack like FlexiKold to use cold therapy to help provide instant cooling sensations. 

  1. Dress Lightly: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing in light colors. Natural fabrics like cotton allow your skin to breathe and help sweat evaporate, keeping you cooler.

  1. Use Fans and Air Conditioning: Circulate air with fans or, if possible, use air conditioning to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Close curtains or blinds during the day to keep out direct sunlight.

  1. Take Cool Showers or Baths: A cool shower or bath can quickly lower your body temperature. Even splashing your face and neck with cool water can provide instant relief.

  1. Use Cooling Devices: Use gel cold packs such as FlexiKold to apply to pulse points like wrists, neck, and temples. Alternatively, wet a towel with cold water and place in the same spots.

  1. Protect Your Pets: Ensure pets have access to shade and plenty of fresh water. Avoid exercising them during the hottest times of the day, and never leave them in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. For an added layer of cool, place an-always-flexible Flexikold in their sleeping or relaxing spot to help keep their temperature down. (Plus the nylon side makes for easy clean up if they’re muddy or wet!)

  1. Keep Food and Beverages Cool: Use insulated coolers or thermal bags with ice packs or a gel cold pack like FlexiKold to keep perishable items like meats, dairy, and beverages cold when outdoors or during a power outage. Ensure food safety by storing items at proper temperatures.

  1. Plan Outdoor Activities Wisely: If you must be outdoors, plan activities for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays.

  1. Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Keep an eye on elderly family members, young children, and those with chronic illnesses who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Ensure they have access to cool spaces and are staying hydrated.

By following these practical tips, you can effectively beat the heat and stay cool during even the most intense heatwaves. Remember, preparation and awareness are key to staying safe and comfortable when temperatures rise. Stay hydrated, keep cool, and prioritize your well-being to enjoy the summer months to the fullest.

Stay safe and cool during the heatwave!