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Don’t let the heat beat you

August 29, 2012
Estherville Daily News

While there may have been some grumbling by a few parents, it was a good idea to let kids out early this week.

As temperatures reached their high for the summer, North Roosevelt and Estherville High School turned into brick ovens, making learning unbearable if not impossible.

Fortunately, there were places kids could go. The Estherville Public Library was an oasis for many. They were able to park themselves at computers and library tables and keep cool that way.

The heat remained oppressive for many, though, so we thought it would be a good idea to offer some tips we did earlier this summer - the only thing is that they're more pertinent now than they were then.

First of all, slow down. Sure, it might be a good idea to mow that lawn. But try to do it earlier or later in the day. There's no sense in sweating more than you have to.

Most people have air conditioning, but some don't. That's where a fan can come in handy. Putting an intake fan on the shady side of the house and an exhaust on the sunny side is a good way to cool your house off.

If you have shade, use it. Shade trees can cut the heat by a much as 20 degrees. You'll definitely be able to tell the difference.

Drink plenty of fluids. While you can't hurt yourself by drinking too much water, you definitely can by drinking too little. And sorry, beer doesn't count. Alcohol only dries out the system, so it's best avoided in extreme heat.

Make sure your animals and plants get plenty of water. This has been a dry summer, and subsoil moisture is largely depleted.

Yes, it's hot. But that doesn't mean a person has to suffer unnecessarily from it.

So keep your cool and you'll feel better for it.



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