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Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on June 20, 2011

Tomorrow is the first day of summer and with it comes the heat. MyMotherlode reports in part…

According to the National Weather Service, the hottest days in the Motherlode will be on Tuesday and Wednesday before a cooling trend begins on Thursday.

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This will be the first significant heat spell of 2011 so residents are urged
to follow these heat tips:

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea.

3. Limit outdoor activity between noon and 6 p.m.

4. Stay out of the sun.

5. Use sunscreen.

6. If available, go to air conditioned places during maximum heating
times.

7. Dress appropriately with light colored clothes.

8. Use wet cloths or blue cooler packs on the face, wrists or neck for a
quick cool down.

9. Never leave children or pets in the car.

10. Pets need plenty of fresh drinking water and shade to be protected from extreme heat.

11. Check up on an elderly family member or neighbor twice a day.

12. If heat illness occurs, contact your family physician or call 911
immediately.

These are all good suggestions but I’d like to add to their list…

If you must be out in the heat, try rubbing a little peppermint oil to the back of your neck. When the air hits the peppermint it provides a natural cooling effect and helps to make you feel cooler.

Years ago, I passed by days driving an ice cream truck from neighborhood to neighborhood. I can tell you from first-hand experience, those ice cream trucks can get pretty hot inside. So, I would dampen a couple of hand towels, shape them in the form of a U, then freeze them.

When the temperature went up, I could pull one out and lay it across the back of my neck. It was amazing. Once that towel became warm, I would swap them out, so that I had a nice frozen towel whenever I needed one. Worked like a charm.

Stay cool folks, summer is approaching.

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