With temps climbing into the 90s and a heat index well over 100, it can be hard to keep your cool. The south tends to experience a good deal of humidity in addition to the heat which can reduce the air quality. It can heat up pretty quickly especially when you are active and hauling scrap metal. We want you to stay safe out there, so here are some good ways to beat the summer heat.
- Wear Loose Fitting Cotton Clothing
Cotton fiber clothing will do the better job when compared to synthetics. They are lightweight, breathable and help keep you cooler by evaporating sweat faster. Avoid dark colored clothing that can absorb heat.
- Stay Hydrated, Avoid Drinking Caffeine and Alcohol
Water is essential to keeping you cool. Keep a bottle handy and drink often, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer and grab one on your way out the door. Flavored water drinks are also okay and may have added vitamins and minerals to keep your energy up. Just avoid the sugary drinks and sodas, as they decrease your body’s ability to store water.
- Take Cover and Find Some Shade
Sunburns can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Make sure you use a high SPF sunscreen on all exposed skin. It’s also important to bring along a hat and sunglasses to protect against harmful UV rays. Avoid staying outside in direct sunlight for long periods of time. It’s best to limit your sun exposure between 10am and 4pm. When you are out, stay in the shade when possible.
- Regularly Use a Fan or Spray Bottle
Fans help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air conditioned house. There are many portable fans on the market that are battery operated that you can take with you. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the fridge for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
- Watch What You Eat
It’s best to avoid protein-heavy foods and large meals. Smaller meals by also help keep your core temperature down. Choose salads, fresh raw food, vegetables and fruit. “Cool as a cucumber” is a literal term, as it is nearly 100% water, and can provide hydration. Spicy foods can also help by encouraging you to sweat and provides a cooling sensation.
- Watch for These Signs and Symptoms
Taking precautions is important. However, you still need to monitor yourself and those around you for heat sickness especially if exposed to heat for extended periods of time. If you or someone you know starts to experience dizziness, nausea, headache, heat muscle cramps, or weakness, immediately find a car or building with air conditioning to cool off.
We hope you stay safe out there. We look forward to seeing you soon!