Tips on keeping cool without air conditioning

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – People who are forced to spend lots of time outside and those without air conditioning are at highest risk of danger from the heat.

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital RN Regi Geissler says the most important thing you can do is to drink water regularly and avoid alcohol to stay hydrated.

Opening windows and using fans can also cool you down, and putting ice in front of your fan can provide a little extra blast of cool air.

If you still feel like you’re getting too hot, Geissler suggests making a cold compress with a wet rag and placing it on your face and neck. One can also be frozen like an ice pack for future use.

However, in this extreme heat, you still want to look out for symptoms that require medical attention.

“So signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke are nausea or vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness, or if you start suddenly sweating a lot and then you quit sweating, that’s when the signs are more serious,” said Geissler.

Geissler adds no matter how hot it gets, it’s best for everyone to stay inside, and remember that indoor pets also benefit from fresh water and cool air.

Mary Pautsch

Mary Pautsch

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