The temperature inside an unattended vehicle can go from hot to hell in no time at all. And leaving the windows down doesn't do enough to help. More than 30 American kids die each year from being left in the car. So, if you're taking care of errands, take your kids with you. At home, make sure to lock the car doors and trunk and keep the keys in a safe place, so the kids don't accidentally trap themselves in there. Also, when entering the car, make sure the seat and seat belts are not too hot. A metal buckle can leave a bad burn.
Dress for the Heat
Ok, you're probably not going to walk around wearing nothing but a white umbrella, but keep your clothes light and airy. Wearing light colors helps to reflect the sun's heat and yes, an umbrella helps too. It keeps the sun at bay.
Drink Water, More Water, and Still More Water
The best way to battle dehydration is, you guessed it, hydration. Keep drinking, even if you're not thirsty, says the Red Cross. And avoid alcohol or caffeine; both drain the body of fluids. Anyone who is taking salt pills, has epilepsy, heart, kidney, or liver disease, is on a fluid restrictive diet or has a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor.
Take it Easy
Yes, you're in a rush. But, even superwoman can't beat the heat. If you have to do strenuous physical activity, try to do it in the early morning and evenings when temperatures cool down.
Eat Small Meals
According to the Red Cross, eating small meals more often is the best approach when the heat is on. And stay clear of "high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat."
Ok, this piece of advice is not always practical, but when temperatures climb above 90 degrees it's safer to stay inside with the air conditioner blasting than to brave the elements. In New York City, where many residents don't have air conditioning, the city has opened cooling centers to keep them icy.
Don't Get a Sunburn
This may sound like chicken meet egg advice, but sunburn makes it harder for your body to dissipate heat.