Heat Safety Tips

The hot glare of the summer sun heats up everything it shines on, especially our vehicles. We all have gone shopping and come back to find our cars unbearably hot. Even though white cars reflect more sunlight than black cars, all cars warm up very quickly.

"Darker cars will absorb the heat faster, but it doesn't matter what color it is, it will still heat up very, very fast," said John Baxter, warning coordination officer for the National Weather Service. "It doesn't matter if you've got very heavily tinted windows or not, they are still going to heat up very, very fast."

Since we still go outside and are active during the hot summer months, it is important you drink the correct type and amount of fluids to stay hydrated and cool.

"As soon as the temperatures go up, you need to drink a great deal of fluids, non-alcoholic. Water's the best thing that you can have," said Baxter. "If you do get very sweaty and very tired from the heat, you need electrolytes. Get one of the supplemental drinks that are sold that have a lot of electrolytes in it, with little sugar, if possible."

No matter what outdoor activity you're involved in this summer, you're going to want to try and stay inside between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. as that's the hottest part of the day.

"The sun has the shallowest amount of atmosphere to penetrate for those times, so it has a greater effect on you and your body," said Baxter. "So if you can avoid being out, the sun is strongest at that time. Even though the high temperature may be a couple of hours later, it's the sun that's doing most of the damage to you. So if you can avoid the midday sun, then you should."

If you are outside for extended periods, remember to take breaks in the shade.


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