It’s hot hot HOT! There is a serious heat wave engulfing Texas and the west part of the country. Yikes! We want to make sure you are staying safe and don’t roast. Here are some extreme heat tips and safety recommendations to keep you cool, calm and unscathed.
- If you have to be outside, make sure you are hydrating yourself regularly and take frequent breaks.
- Don’t forget about your pets! Check on them frequently and don’t leave them outside for long periods of time.
- Listen to your body and be aware of heat-related illness symptoms. Click here for the symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Limit any outdoor activities you had planned for this weekend.
- Pale skin, muscle cramps, feeling tired and weak, altered mental status, and headaches are all signs of heat overexposure.
- Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Bust out a hat and your sunglasses. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
- Avoid being out in the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- If you’re escaping the heat in the comfort of your own home, make sure you’re using those ceiling fans to circulate the cool air.
- Remember to keep your windows closed during the day to keep the cool air in and the unwanted hot air out.
- Turn off air or close vents in unused rooms and shut the doors. Don’t lose money cooling rooms that aren’t in use.
- Your AC unit is your best friend during these scorching times. Make sure you give it the love it deserves – check for leaks, make sure you have the right amount of refrigerant and always make sure you are keeping an eye on it.
- Close curtains or blinds on windows that are receiving direct sunlight to keep the heat out of the house.
- Seal your doors, windows and air ducts with weather stripping or caulk.
- Don’t forget about those zombies! Unplug zombie electronics when not in use – items like cell phone, iPod, and computer chargers tend to suck energy even when they are not being used.
Stay safe, stay cool! And if you are looking for more ways to beat the heat and save, click here for 10 cool reasons to switch to Direct Energy! Cool, get it?