DC Heatwave

Are you ready for the DC heat wave?

The Washington DC area is about to experience extreme heat conditions! I came up from Miami to escape the heat…but it just keeps following me. Due to my extensive experience in hot weather I am more than qualified to bring you some great tips on how to deal with the expected 100 degree + weather!

  • Keep blinds and windows closed, especially if you receive morning or afternoon sun. This can reduce heat entering the home by up to 80 percent.
  • Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids, especially water
  • Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight (dark clothing more readily absorbs sunlight)
  • If you need to be outdoors, take frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned spaces
  • Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently
  • But avoid overcrowded places and rush hours
  • Use the A/C and Fans
  • Stay indoors during the hottest hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Eat light meal and don’t use the oven
  • Eat plenty of fruit. Watermelon is my favorite…plus it contains a load of water
  • Carry bottled water if you’re going to be outdoors
  • Limit outdoors exercise activity

In addition, it’s important to note the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion. If you experience any of these symptoms, or see someone else who is, move yourself and/or them to a shaded or air conditioned area and drink fluids:

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (which indicates dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

staying cool in DC heat wave Best of luck out there and stay cool!