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How to Beat the Heat

In the dead of summer, when the temperatures regularly soar over the 100 degree mark, the only thing we Utahn's can think about is keeping cool.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be deadly. One of those things that happens to somebody else, though, right? My husband's cousin died from heat stroke on a trip into the Grand Canyon. He was a teenager in perfect health.

Here are some of the things I know of to do:

In the House

  • If you have air conditioning, good for you. Stay there. If not, read on...
  • Keep the windows closed. Opening them only lets in HOT air.
  • Keep the windows covered by keeping the drapes and blinds down.
  • Use ceiling fans and standalone fans.
  • Try not to turn on the stove - a mini whole-house heater. Use the BBQ grill or microwave instead. I have found some cool kitchen gadgets at the local discount department stores. They are a series of pans called "grilling" pans in various shapes and sizes. Basically a pan with multiple holes that you can use to cook things over the grill without losing pieces of the food to the charcoal below. I just got a "Pizza on the Grill" pan - very cool.

If you're one of those who must venture outdoors in this oppressive heat :-> follow these precautions:

  • Drink LOTS of water (sugary and caffein drinks only make you thirstier)
  • Don't overexert yourself, heat stroke is not pretty.
  • Stop and take a break in the shade often
  • Cool yourself off with a spray mister or a cool wet hand towel around your neck.
  • Play in the water. There are many water parks, rivers, lakes, and streams that offer water sport fun. If you can't afford to take the time to go to these places, a kiddie pool frequently refreshed with cold water is a good place to hang out.
  • Play in the mountains - the temperatures can be about 10deg cooler than in the valley. But that might not work as well as hanging out on the lake when the temps are over 100...

And don't forget your furry family members. Follow these tips to Keep your pets cool

Related Resources:

  1. Top Things to do Inside in Summer
  2. How to Have Fun in the Desert
  3. How To Survive Utah's 100 Degree Summer Days

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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