Florida is known as “The Sunshine State” for a reason, and we’re no stranger to scorching temperatures. But even the most sun-loving residents sometimes aren’t a match for a heat wave that rolls through Orlando. If the weather forecast is warning you of a heat wave, there are a few things you need to do to stay safe.
Who’s a Risk During a Heat Wave?
While everyone can end up suffering dangerous effects from a heat wave, those who can more easily suffer from the heat include:
Children and babies
People with mobility issues
People with chronic illnesses
Extra precautions should be taken to keep these people cool and safe.
How to Handle a Heat Wave
Watch the Forecast
If your local weather channel is promising a scorcher, pay attention to the times the heat with be strongest and when it is supposed to cool down. Try to avoid being outside during the times the temperature will be very high.
Have Supplies to Stay In
If you plan on weathering the heat wave by staying inside with the comfort of your AC, have plenty of supplies on hand. Stock up on food and extra water and queue up a string of good movies to keep the kids entertained.
Avoid Working Outside When Possible
We know that some occupations require being outside a lot, but if you can avoid being outside during a heatwave, do it. Being outside for long periods of time puts you at greater risk for suffering heat stroke.
Keep Shades Closed
Your AC is going to be working pretty hard to keep you cool during a heat wave, so help it out by keeping your shades closed and blocking out extra heat.
Even if you’re spending all your time inside, it’s so important to drink enough water and stay hydrated during a heat wave. The more dehydrated you are, the bigger chance you have of suffering from heat stroke.
Pro Tip: Steer clear of alcohol. That margarita might feel refreshing at the moment, but it’ll dehydrate you more than anything.
Wear Loose Clothing
Aim to wear light, loose-fitting clothing during a heat wave to feel cooler. Cotton is a great option, while other materials, such as polyester or leather, will make you feel hot and sweaty.
When a heat wave rolls through, you need to have the best cooling system possible to keep you and your family comfortable and safe. The experts at Ace Solves It All can repair your air conditioner or install the right system for your home at an affordable cost.
For more information or to schedule a service, give us a call at (407) 850-4900.