Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

FLUSHING, Mich.- We're in the middle of this summer's biggest heat wave and the temperatures continue to rise! Heat advisories are in effect and the unbearable heat can severely affect the body, especially for children and seniors. Keep yourself and your family safe with these tips for How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat!

How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat:
1. NEVER leave children or pets in the car. Even if you roll the windows down, interior vehicle temperatures can climb into the triple digits in just minutes. Since children and animals are more likely to suffer heat stroke when the temperatures are high, even a few minutes can be dangerous.

2. Put the air conditioning to use! Air-conditioning is the easiest way to protect against heat-related illness and death. If you're worried it will decrease your fuel efficiency, you can put your mind at ease knowing that the effect is not that significant. In fact, studies have shown that it may only reduce a vehicle's fuel economy by less than 1 mile per gallon.

3. Stay hydrated. You heard this one before, but you may not realize how quickly you can become dehydrated in the summer heat. A great starting point, especially for children, is to consume 2-4 glasses of water an hour during extreme heat.

4. Find a parking spot in the shade. Avoid getting into a vehicle right away that has been sitting in the sun since internal temperatures will have likely climbed to triple digits.

5. Loose-fitting, light colored clothing is your best option. Keeping your wardrobe light will keep you cooler since darker colored clothes absorb heat more quickly. Plus, loose-fitting clothing allows air to circulate better.

6. Run errands in the morning or at night. The hottest temperatures will occur between 10am-4pm, so if you need to run errands, you'll stay cooler earlier in the morning or later at night and avoid the dangers of being active in the hot sun.

7. Think twice. If extreme heat is in the forecast, you'll need to think twice about your daily routine and skip that afternoon run. Instead opt for indoor, air conditioned activities.

Over the next few days and throughout the rest of the summer it's important to keep in mind these tips for how to stay safe in the summer heat, and be aware of how extreme heat can be dangerous. If the A/C in your car is broke, or if you're looking for a new vehicle to keep you cool this summer, treat yourself to a test drive at Delehanty Ford, located at 1510 E. Pierson Road, Flushing, MI 48433, or give us a call at (810) 659-5688.

Family-owned and operated, Delehanty Ford has been serving the Greater Genesee County area for over 65 years with customer satisfaction as our top priority. Our sales and service departments are dedicated to providing the best experience for every customer.

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