The Times West Virginian

July 17, 2013

Residents look for ways to stay cool as heat wave continues: PHOTOS

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Remember that “Twilight Zone” episode in which the Earth was plummeting closer and closer to the sun, and it was so hot that even paint started to melt?

Sometimes it feels hotter than that.

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s July. What do you expect?

You may not be able to do anything about the weather, but you can do something about the way it affects you.

Don’t have air conditioning? Create a through-breeze in a room by putting a pair of box fans at opposite sides of the room, preferably with one in the window, to either draw cooler air in and push hot air out of the room, or push hot air out of your house entirely.

Spray a sheet with cold water and put it in front of an open window. Let nature do the work and blow a cool mist through your room or home.

Place a cold washcloth or ice pack on your head or wrists while you sleep, or wear damp but not wet socks to keep your feet cool.

Go someplace that has air conditioning, like the library, theater or other community facilities.

Do the most strenuous work in the morning and evening, when it’s not the hottest.


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