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Jun272012

Staying Cool.

There are going to be a lot of hot dogs today!

Whether you are a fan of the heat or the AC is your best friend on days like this, there are a few important things to note when we reach these extreme temperatures. 

  1. "It was only for a few minutes." A lot of people tend to be unaware just quickly the temperature inside their car can increase in a matter of minutes. You should never leave pets or children in a hot car, even for a minute or two. Temperatures inside vehicles can rise 19 degreen in a matter of 10 minutes, and after an hour they can rise a surprising 43 degrees. According to Accuweather, "From 1998 to May 2011, 500 children have died because they were left in hot vehicles."
  2. Drink plenty of fluids and keep hydrated.
  3. Try and stay out of the direct sunlight, especially during the middle of the day. According to Mendota Heights Patch, exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.
  4. If you are in the direct sunlight, make sure to apply sunscreen before heading outside and keep re-applying throughout the day.  
  5. Be aware of the symptoms of heat related illness and be sure to check on family members and the elderly, especially if they are without air conditioning. Here is a list of heat related illnesses from the Minnesota Safety Council.

If the heat gets to be too much, just remind yourself that you could be scraping ice off your windsheild in 10 feet of snow :)

Stay cool!

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