NOTE: This blog originally appeared and was written for the American Red Cross – DFW chapter’s blog.

Heading out for a quick errand can normally be an easy task. Yet stepping out your front door you quickly realize the concrete pavement is melting beneath your feet as temperatures hoover around 104 to 106.par
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Okay, so maybe pavement does not melt. It certainly feels that way.par
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7-day forecast for DFW Metroplex. (Image courtesy of FOX4DFW)

7-day forecast for DFW Metroplex.
(Image courtesy of FOX4DFW)

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Summer in Texas is always hot. These last few days it appears GOD decided to have a barbecue North Texas.par
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In these temps it does not take long for a heat-related illness to occur.par
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Many of us do not have the luxury of hibernating inside our homes with the a/c on arctic blast. If you must venture out or work (praying for you) in this weather stay smart and healthy with these tips:par

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    1. Drink water frequently. It’e2’80’99s a great way to hydrate, while staying healthy too.

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  • Pack a small cooler with ice. Carry it with you in your vehicle. Eat the ice to cool down your’c2~’c2~’c2~’c2~’c2~’c2~ body. Put some ice on your head and cover with your favorite hat – you’e2’80’99ll be stylish, while also staying cool.

 

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  • Before leaving the house freeze a couple of water bottles. As the frozen water melts, it becomes a refreshing wet slushy to quench your thirst.

 

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  • Pack a small cooler with ice. Carry it with you in your vehicle. Eat the ice to cool down your body. Put some ice on your head and cover with your favorite hat – you’e2’80’99ll be stylish, while also staying cool.

 

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  • Wear light colored short-sleeved cotton clothing.’c2~ Dark colors attract heat.

 

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  • Wear a bandana or small towel dunked in water around your neck. Re-wet the bandana as necessary.

 

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  • Fill a spray bottle with ice water. Spray on yourself for a cool relaxing misting touch.

 

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While it may not be possible to fly away to a cooler climate, following these few tips will provide a way to cool down – at least temporarily.