Published: June 30, 2021

After being cooped up all winter, it may seem like a cruel joke to be encouraged to stay indoors again, but when the temperatures rise this high, you really do need to be careful out there. The current heat wave is expected to dwindle over the week, but it’s only the beginning of July, so there’s no doubt more to come. Here are a few tips for surviving the summer heat.




On the Road

There’s a lot that can unexpectedly go wrong when you’re traveling in extremely high temperatures. The hot pavement can damage your tires, particularly if they aren’t properly inflated. Make sure to get your tires checked before heading out on a road trip.

Don’t delay getting your oil changed. Even if you’re away from home, a quick drive-through oil change will help keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Keep an eye on the engine temperature gauge and avoid towing and mountain routes if you can. Keep each segment of your travels shorter than usual. Give your vehicle a chance to cool down a bit while you grab a bite in an air-conditioned restaurant.

Park in the shade as much as possible to help keep water from evaporating from the battery.


In the Garden

Plants are stressed by extreme heat so making sure they get enough water is essential. Water in the early morning or early evening, and twice a day in hot dry conditions. Water at the soil level as sprinkling on the leaves can cause damage. Give the soil a thorough soaking.

Hanging baskets are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat, and those with wire frames rather than pots dry out very quickly. Move the baskets to a shady spot or even bring them indoors during the hottest part of the day.


Outdoor Activities

Young children, the elderly, and anyone with health problems are at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses, like sun stroke. It’s really best to keep them indoors with air conditioning. If you do want to venture out, chose a grassy park with trees for shade, and don’t stay long.

Even those in good health need to be cautious when it’s this hot. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and any strenuous activity, as these can increase the loss of water from your body. Keep clothes on, like a like shirt, and dunk them in water to keep them wet. Sun screen and a hat help, but will not prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, Plan your run for early morning or later in the evening.

Make sure everyone is drinking plenty of water and watch for signs of overheating. This article from HealthLinkBC is helpful.

And please, please, PLEASE, never leave a person or a pet in a vehicle unattended. The temperature inside rises very quickly even in the shade, even with the windows open. It’s just not worth the risk.

Stay cool!




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