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10 Cool Ways to Protect Yourselves During Excessive Heat Events

While the rain and storms in the Hudson and Twin Cities regions of our Sunwerks customers have kept the thermometer from approaching 100 degrees this month, we still have August and (hopefully) rain-free, sunny days ahead. But, fun in the sun and beach days need to be balanced against excessive heat events.

Check out these tips supplied by the National Weather Service:

  • Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until coolest time of day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads. If you pack food, put it in a cooler or carry an ice pack. Don’t leave it sitting in the sun. Meats and dairy products can spoil quickly in hot weather.
  • Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you are on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids.
  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.
  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air. But don’t direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°F. The dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering your health.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
  • Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia.  Keep your children, disabled adults, and pets safe during tumultuous heat waves.
  • Make sure rooms are well vented if you are using volatile chemicals.
  • And, of course, minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

At Sunwerks, we invite you to work on your tan in the comfort of our spa, under controlled heating and timed spray on sessions, to get the all-over, even tan that you want for the summer season. Leave the sun to the birds and the flowers.

And if it’s your first time for a Sunwerks tanning session, we have trained, friendly staff to consult with you on the type of tanning bed that best suits your skin type, age, etc. No appointments needed. Walks-in welcome.