Stay Cool This Summer in DC!
l Run cool water over the inside of your wrists.
l If you live near some, drive up to the mountains. The higher you go, the cooler it gets.
l Drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day – more if you’re very active.
l Don’t exercise in the heat of the day – do it before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
l Set a bowl of ice water in front of a moving fan.
l Wear loose, light-colored natural-fiber clothing.
l Soak your feet in a plastic basin of cool (not cold) water.
l Hang out in your basement – it’s usually at least 10 degrees cooler than upper floors.
l Wear your hair up or short – most heat escapes from the top of your head.
l Make your own portable evaporative cooler: wet down a white cotton towel and drape it around your neck.
l Open windows only in the room you’re in and the one opposite. Position a fan to blow from one window to the other to create a cross-draft.
l Shower or bathe regularly to keep your pores unclogged and efficiently sweating.
l Instead of incandescent light bulbs, which give off a lot of heat, use compact florescents.
l Keep blinds down where the sun is shining.