Springtime is here and before you know it, summer in the Pacific Northwest will be in full swing. Summer weather brings people out of their homes and into the warmth of the sun. While it’s a wonderful time of year to get outside and experience the great outdoors, the heat can also lead to a lot of weather related deaths and illnesses. Every year on the last Friday of May, National Heat Awareness Day is observed, which means we take time to stop and remind people to take care of themselves during the spring and summer heat. This year, National Heat Awareness Day is May 26.
When the Pacific Northwest experiences high heat or humidity, the National Weather Service may issue some advisories:
-Excessive heat watch
-Excessive heat warning/advisory
-Excessive heat outlook
When the heat starts to crank up, take precautions to stay cool by avoiding drinking alcohol, reducing your intake of sugar and caffeine, and avoid physical exertion. Find a place to cool off and increase how much water you’re drinking on those hot days. Babies and elderly individuals should all be especially careful, as their bodies cannot adjust to temperature fluctuations as well. Here are some other tips on how to avoid health problems related to heat.
-Keep your air conditioning tuned up regularly so it’s ready to turn on when the weather gets hot
-Use fans in areas where air conditioning isn’t an option
-Wear hats and sunblock to avoid direct sun exposure
-Wear loose, light clothing
-Increase your intake of cold water
-Stay in the shade as much as you can
-Talk to your doctor about illnesses that can increase your risk of heat-induced reactions or illnesses
In addition, don’t forget to take care of your pets when the heat strikes. Keep them indoors and as cool as possible. Keep fresh, cold water available for them at all times and if they do need to be outside, provide a cool place of shelter where they can get out of the heat.
Is your cooling system ready to keep you cool for the rest of the spring and summer? If not, contact us today for a tune-up or to talk about your options on what air conditioning system is right for your home. Perhaps you simply just need a new programmable thermostat that will help you better regular the function of your home’s cooling system. Act now, because there are a variety of rebates and incentives available on select systems that can help you save money and help you stay comfortable for years down the road.