Hot Enough for Ya? Tips for Staying Cool When Itís Hotter Than Hell
The Survival Mom
by Lisa Bedford: INSTANT
SURVIVAL TIP: Give†Up†the†Smokes!
This is an
excerpt from my book, Survival
Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst
One of the
most critical uses of electricity is staying cool in very hot weather.
Our bodies can become quickly overheated, with young children and
the elderly being most susceptible. I was in Chicago during one
of its worst heat waves in 1995. Employees of the Hyatt Hotel where
I was staying had to stand on the roof and hose down giant air-conditioning
units with water in order to keep them running. In a matter of days,
more than 700 people died because of this heat wave.
How did our
ancestors survive, then, without air conditioning? Ive spent
my entire life in the American Southwest, and as you might expect,
I have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to staying cool:
1. Keep spray
bottles of water around and spritz faces and wrists to stay cool.
2. In the
earliest morning hours, open windows to let in all that cool air.
Be sure to close them again, along with all blinds and curtains,
once the day begins to heat up.
3. Just before
bedtime, spray bed sheets with plenty of water, aim a battery-powered
fan toward your side of the bed, jump in, and go to sleep, quickly!
4. Wear bathing
suits around the house.
5. If youll
be outside, wet a bandanna, place a few ice cubes down the center,
diagonally, roll it up, and tie it around your neck.
6. Check doors
and windows for incoming warm air and install weather-stripping
if necessary. This will do double duty in the winter, when cold
air is the enemy. Duct tape can substitute for weatherstripping
if youre desperate.
7. Check the
western exposure of your home. If you have windows that face west,
check into inexpensive blinds from Home Depot or Lowes. Even
aluminum foil taped over your windows (gasp!) can help keep your
8. If you
need to do outside chores, do them in the morning when the sun rises
or even earlier.
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