Keep Cool on Hot Summer Days

Rising temperatures this week bring with them a need for all to stay safe and prevent heat exhaustion and other heat related problems.

 Ways to keep cool:

  • Wear light colors and materials like linen and cotton. Materials such as rayon and polyester tend to trap heat close to the skin.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your face.
  • Stay indoors during extremely hot weather.
  • Lower shades, blinds or close drapes on the east side of your home during the morning hours and the west side during the afternoon in order to keep your home or apartment as cool as possible. Use a fan in the rooms where the windows are covered.
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or take an umbrella to block the sun.
  • Schedule outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. when the temperature is lower.
  • Avoid strenuous activity.
  • If you are outside, take frequent breaks in shaded areas.
  • Avoid crowded places.
  • If possible, go to a place where you can get relief from heat, such as air-conditioned libraries, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
  • If you live in the City of Rochester, the city’s Cool Sweep program has kicked off this week.  Cool Sweep is the City’s annual public safety and customer service program to help city residents who have limited opportunities to find relief from summer heat with cooling sprays from fire hydrants, extended hours at City pools, Durand Eastman Beach and spray parks.   A Cool Sweep operation is triggered when the forecast calls for a day to reach 85 degrees. Cool sweep season runs through Saturday August 30th.  Cool Sweep is not in effect on Sundays or the 4th of July.  Click here for Cool Sweep Locations 2014.

 Ways to stay hydrated:

  • The best liquid to drink during hot, humid days is water. Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty, in order to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, which will dehydrate your body.
  • Drink sports drinks that have the added minerals that your body loses when it sweats.
  • Keep frozen treats such as fruit bars and frozen yogurt in the freezer that can help you keep cool during hot weather.
  • Eat cold foods such as sandwiches and salads.
    Fresh fruits and vegetables are also another great way to keep hydrated.

 Staying safe:

  • Avoid long walks, particularly from noon to 3 p.m., when the sun is at its peak.
    Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day.
  • Pay attention to weather reports.
  • Check on family friends and neighbors that might need assistance.  The very young and the elderly are most at risk.
  • Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool & shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9 1 1.