If you reside in and around Phoenix, you know there’s no such thing as actually beating the heat, but you can certainly negotiate with it. You can make friends and agree to keep things cool, calm, and collected and make it a season to remember for its fun, not its unwanted surprises.
With record-breaking 120-degree temperatures ahead, our Phoenix properties have a few tips n’ tricks for keeping your cool in the heat:
Air conditioning is your best friend. Treat it well. Since you’re best friends and all, no need to push your A/C to its limit by setting the thermostat too low. Air conditioners are actually designed for temperatures up to 95 degrees, so the best thing to do is set the thermostat in the low-to-mid 70’s and leave it there. Setting it any lower than that causes it to freeze up as it tries so hard to please you, only to leave you abandoned, with no a/c.
Drink water, even if you’re not thirsty. Hydrating is crucial to maintaining your body temperature. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, however. By the time your body signals that you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcohol during a heat wave, especially if you’re planning a workout.
Know the signs of a heat stroke. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of a heat stroke include high body temperature, altered mental state or behavior, nausea and vomiting, and flushed skin. Immediate treatment includes moving the individual to the shade or indoors, cooling the body temperature down with cool water and ice, and removing excess clothing. Contact your physician as needed.
Don’t forget your pets are wearing fur coats. Pets are especially vulnerable to heat waves. Make sure they have a cool, shaded place to rest, plenty of fresh, cool water, and don’t take the dogs for a walk in the middle of the day when their paws can burn and crack on the hot pavement. Not to mention, they’re wearing fur coats. Check out the Humane Society’s tips on pet care during a heat wave and keep your furry friend happy and safe this summer.
Stay focused and calm. Rising temperatures can bring rising tempers. Stay calm and focused, allowing plenty of time to get where you’re going. Don’t let the heat rattle you. It’s going to be back again next year, so you two might as well get along now. Do the obvious to make it easier on yourself– dress in light-colored linens and cotton blends; allow enough time to get where you’re going, especially if you’d like to find that one last shaded parking spot; and stay focused. Staying focused during heatwaves helps to prevent tragedies that are so easily avoided by planning ahead and keeping your cool.
Mind the pool, barbeque, and recreation area rules. While some rules are made to be broken, pool, barbecue, and recreation rules are not. Get the full enjoyment out of your community pool and barbecue area by heeding the posted rules which are placed there for your safety. Don’t leave children unattended, even if they are great little swimmers. Let this summer be full of great memories, not mishaps.
With a little planning aka “negotiating,” this can be your best summer, ever. Post your summer fun photos at #LifeAtWeidner.
-The Weidner Team