Heat wave: 5 tips to cope in hot weather at home


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    Summer heat intensity is increasing in the country. Heat stroke, a severe form of heat-related illness, requires prompt identification to prevent serious complications. Here are 5 ways to deal with heatwave at home.

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Control the heat coming in

    Close windows and blinds during the hottest part of the day, typically between 11am and 3pm. This keeps the suns heat from radiating into your home. Evening is usually a cooler time to open windows for ventilation.

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Make your fan more effective

    While a fan alone wont cool down a very hot room, it can help create a windchill effect. Place a bowl of ice in front of a fan for extra coolness, or dampen a washcloth and position it in the airflow.

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Adjust your sleep habits

    Take a cool shower or bath before bed. Wear loose, breathable clothing to sleep in, made from cotton or linen. If you use a ceiling fan, make sure its rotating counter-clockwise to push cool air down.

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Hydrate and eat strategically

    Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day, even if you dont feel thirsty. Avoid sugary drinks and excessive caffeine, which can dehydrate you. Eat light, cool meals like salads and fruits with high water content.

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Cook strategically

    Limit your use of the oven and stovetop, which can heat up your kitchen. Consider no-cook meals or meals cooked on an outdoor grill. If you must use the oven, try running it during cooler evening hours.

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