How to survive this nasty heat wave of 110+ degrees
Although I don’t live in the Pacific North West PNW, I am hearing a lot of chatter from people about the extreme heat that they are suffering through. I wanted to offer my help through this forum by sharing some thoughts and ideas on how to stay cool and get through this. Feel free to pitch in your tips and tricks as well if you have some.
If we have any PNW members of this forum, I’d love to hear how things are going for ya.
-Move to a smaller room at the center of your house. It is easier to cool a small room versus the entire house.
-Add tin foil or cardboard on windows to act as extra insulation and repel the heat of the sun. Look at installing solar screens on your windows for a cleaner look.
-Get a battery operated fan that will run off of the same batteries that your power tools will. If power goes out, this can keep you cool. Mist yourself with some water and then sit in front of the fan for extreme cooling.
-Keep curtains closed
-Drink tons of water. Keep up electrolytes.
-Hang out in the basement if you have one
-Use patio umbrellas or storm shutters to shade your windows
-Rinse off your arms, hands, and face with cool water whenever you go to the bathroom. Take a full cool shower if at home for a quick cool down.
-Stock up on fans, AC units, etc during the fall because during the summer they will be all sold out and at full price
-Freeze different juices into improvised popsicles. Eating frozen grapes and berries
-Keep an eye on the weather forecast and if you see hot weather coming, make extra ice cubes a head of time.
-You may have to adjust the temperature to a colder setting on your fridge/freezer. Some people are having to add frozen bottles of water to their fridge to cool things down because their fridge can’t keep things cool enough.
-If you need to cook foods, use the oven or stove in the early morning or late afternoon as to not add too much more heat to your house
-Place your clothes in the freezer for the next day, then when you put them on they will keep you cool for a couple minutes.
-Cool your feet in a bath or kiddie pool
-Don’t go outside during the hottest times of the day
-Feed pets refrigerated wet food. Make them popsicles by freezing tuna water or beef broth in ice cube molds.
-If you can’t hold your hand on the asphalt for 10 seconds, then it’s too hot for your dog to walk on.
-For chickens, give them ice chips to peck at or frozen peas