5 Tips To Stay Cool As Summer Heats Up from Rodeo Rick
The next 2 to 3 weeks are typically the hottest weeks of the year here in Wyoming. Temperatures could easily stay north of the 90 degree mark for the next week or so and if you have to be outside when the temps reach into the 90's here are a few tips to help keep you cool.
Hydration is the most important key! Hydrating at frequent intervals is critical, rather than waiting until you’re at your maximum thirst to reach for a beverage. The minute you think you need a drink, stop and take a drink.
Drink cool (not cold) water. This distinction might not seem like much, but it really makes all the difference. The sensation of drinking extremely cold water can give you a brain freeze much like you get from a milk shake or a Slurpee, except amplified by the heat.
Start your day and any outdoor tasks early. If you’re working outside, make every effort to start before the sun comes up or at least before it’s reached it's peak.
Start working outside as early as you can. Getting up at about 5 a.m. to work out in the yard might seem a little early, but believe me when the temps quickly jump above 80 by 10 am and push even hotter into the afternoon, you'll be glad you can wrap up your tasks and be back inside by midday.
Try to stay wet. If you notice that you or someone you're with has stopped sweating, it could be the first sign of heat exhaustion. No matter what that person is doing, they should take a break and try to find some shade and hydrate.
When working outside in the heat you can also use a hose to douse yourself with water to help your body stay cool.
Finally, dress strategically! Although many workers are required to wear long sleeves for safety, be sure to wear light colors to help reflect the sun.
Even the color of your shoes and boots can be significant. White shoes versus dark shoes could mean the difference between having cool feet and feeling like you have blisters. Comfortable, breathable footwear is key for happy feet in the heat of summer.
Stay cool in the days and weeks ahead and enjoy the rest of your summer!