Do you know the best ways to cool off during the dog days of summer? Check out these tips for staying safe in extreme heat.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Despite the heat, many of us will be spending time outdoors over the next few days, whether it's to work or exercise. Here are a few tips to keep you safe in this week's extreme heat:
When it's hot, a fan may not be enough to cool you off properly. Experts say spending at least two hours each day in air conditioning significantly reduces your risk of heat-related illness.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. You're often dehydrated long before you start to feel thirsty, so stay ahead of the heat by hydrating will at least 8 glasses of water during the day.
Running the AC on full blast for hours at a time may cause your electricity bill to tick upwards. Dominion Virginia Power told 8News to combat this, set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you're not home; your AC unit won't have to work as hard. Also, be sure to close your curtains during the day, so less sun will get into your house.
Do your laundry at night when the outside temperatures are already cooler. And when you can, cook outside. Keeping the stove off will create less heat inside your house.
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