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Hunka, hunka burnin' air!

June 29, 2012 - Taste Buds
If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or, into the A/C.

Well, if you had any doubts before, summer is DEFINITELY here. The blazing heat isn't enough -- Mother Nature has also ushered in some suffocating humidity to seal the deal on the first heat wave of summer.

Oh, how the Buds love "swimming" through the sticky air to their cars in the early morning hours! And forget about having a good hair day. Even the best anti-humidity hair care products on the market can't beat this stuff.

While we've all heard tips for staying safe during extreme heat ad infinitum -- and most of the information is definitely common sense -- the Buds think that people tend to get de-sensitized to this information if it's pounded at them over and over. Therefore, we'd like to re-emphasize these common sense things that will get you through this heat wave (with a little help from our friends at the National Weather Service).

1. LIMIT ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE. This one comes with a "Duh!" but at the same time, we realize that many folks work outside, whether it be as a career or just because they love the outdoors. If that's the case, you should make every effort to reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities until the coolest time of the day.

2. CHECK ON CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY. This also includes anyone with health problems. Make sure they, along with children and seniors, are in the coolest place available to them. Stay in air-conditioning if possible.

3. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Wear light-weight and light-colored clothing.

4. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Drink even if you don't feel thirsty. Water will help cool your body. Do NOT drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.

5. DON'T FORGET ABOUT PETS. The Buds are animal lovers, so please don't forget about Fluffy kitty or your dog Spot during a heat wave. If possible, bring outdoor pets indoors, or provide adequate shelter from the sun and heat. Make sure they have plenty of water to drink.

6. DON'T LEAVE KIDS, THE ELDERLY OR PETS INSIDE A VEHICLE. According to the National Weather Service, if the outside air temperature is only 80 degrees, the temperature inside a vehicle climbs to an unsafe temperature of 95 degrees in only two minutes and can reach 123 degree in 60 minutes! In addition, objects inside a vehicle, like the steering wheel and dash board, can reach temps of 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and can heat the air inside of the vehicle by convection.

All it takes is a little common sense. Taking it easy, drinking lots of fluids and staying in a cool place will help get you through this hot spell. Before you know it, we'll all be complaining about frost!


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