4 Ways to Beat the Northern Virginia Summer Heat

4 Ways to Beat the Northern Virginia Summer HeatWell, folks, the heat has definitely set in, and the dog days of summer are upon us. We’ve reached the point of summer where many of us prefer a day inside over suffering the heat and humidity of the Virginia summer. When you’ve hibernated as long as you can and you must face the outdoor temperatures, keep these tips in mind to stay cool and remember these warning signs to avoid heat stroke!

Know the Signs of Heat Stroke

First, when you’re going to be out in the heat for an extended time, it’s important to be aware of the signs of heat stroke. While it most frequently affects the elderly, anyone can succumb to heat stroke when it’s hot enough outside. Watch for:

  • Fainting
  • A temperature over 104 degrees
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Confusion, disorientation or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

If you suspect someone is suffering heat stroke, call 911 and immediately move them to an air conditioned room. Cool them by fanning and applying ice packs to their neck. Avoid heat stroke with the following four tips:

  • Drink Plenty of Water

This is true all the time, but the hotter it gets the more you perspire. You need to replace that water loss with plenty more. Water helps your body cool itself and work at peak function. Carry a bottle with you all the time or invest in an insulated tumbler that will keep your water cold for hours no matter how hot it is outside. Sip water or other fluids regularly throughout the day; don’t wait until you feel thirsty to reach for your drink!

  • Dress for the Heat

4 Ways to Beat the Northern Virginia Summer HeatThere’s a time for tight-fitting yoga pants and thicker fabrics … and that time is not right now! Opt for lighter colors, lightweight fabrics and loose-fitting styles. If you’re out in the direct sunlight, get yourself a wide-brimmed hat and do your best impression of a Southern belle or gent.

  • Cool Your Body Outdoors

If you’re braving the heat for a fully outdoor activity, find additional ways to cool yourself. When you’re working in the yard, spritz yourself with a spray bottle of water to cool down or just go for the old head-under-the-hose method. If you’re at the pool or beach, take regular dips in the water to beat the heat. Consider outdoor fans for decks, canopies to create shade and applying ice to your body’s quick cooling points.

  • Skip the Errands All Together

If you’re at risk for heat stroke or you simply prefer to avoid the high temps this summer, reach out to us at Errand Works. We can set you up with a Personal Assistant who can run your weekly errands for you. With our errand management plans, you can skip your trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, dry cleaners, vet and more! Give us a call today to get started. Are you feeling cooler already?

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