No matter where you live in the U.S., chances are you are HOT. According to Scientific American, “Extreme heat is scorching much of the eastern United States, and it’s not expected to let up anytime soon.” Even a word as intense as scorching is hardly potent enough to describe the kind of heat we’re experiencing here in the five boroughs. As my cab driver put it yesterday, “I feel like the sun is cooking me. I feel like it’s boiling my eyeballs.” Yeah.
I have a pretty high tolerance for heat, which is why for most of the summer, I’ve been pleasantly cool – even without an air conditioner. But the heat wave of the past few days has changed my mind about the necessity of AC, because it’s not cooling off at night. Scientific American reports, “The coolest parts of the day are getting warmer, making it harder for people — especially those without air conditioning — to recover from daytime heat exposure.”
CDC epidemiologist Rebecca Noe describes extreme heat as a “silent killer.” A 2005 study about the effects of extreme heat revealed that “elderly people were more likely to die indoors, while those who died outside were more likely to be younger, working in outdoor occupations or homeless.” Noe says that “people can be caught unprepared for heat waves,” and with heat indexes remaining well over 100 degrees across the country, it’s important for you to know exactly how to beat the heat. Here are 10 tips for keeping your family safe in this summer swelter:
Source: Scientific American