5 tips to stay cool (and safe) in the summer heat

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 15:08:08-04

Be prepared, because temperatures in Central Texas will continue to see triple digits this week.

Here are a few tips from the Texas Department of Safety to beat the heat and stay safe when outside:

1. Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty. You may not realize you’re dehydrated until it’s too late. Wherever you go, don’t forget to take your favorite water bottle with you.

2. Pay Attention To Your Body - It may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget to take a break when you’re wrapped up in a project or a task outside. Pay attention to your body and take plenty of breaks in the shade.

3. Avoid Strenuous Outdoor Activity During the Hottest Part of the Day - Limit time outside during the hottest part of the day. If you’re outside, bring a sham wow and/or ice packs to apply to your pulse points (wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, behind the knees) when you can.

4. Dress Appropriately - Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat are recommended while spending time outdoors. Almost 20 percent of your blood supply flows to your face, so wearing a hat will help keep your body temperature down.

5. Wear sunscreen - Sunburns can affect your body’s ability to cool down. Protect yourself during periods of sun exposure by putting on sunscreen SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going outside.

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