According to the U.S. Department of Energy, keeping your blinds or curtains closed can reduce the amount of heat passing through your home by as much as 45 percent. Also, keep all windows and doors shut until the temperature outside begins to cool.
Try ventilation at night, by pointing the fan blades outside to suck warm air out of your home.
Make a cold compress using a cotton sock filled with rice, tied with twine and frozen for two hours before bedtime. Place between your sheets to keep your bed cool.
Stay hydrated. Drink more water than usual.
Keep an eye out for heat illness. There are three types of heat illness:
Heat cramps: painful spasms usually in muscles of legs and abdomen. Heavy sweating. First Aid: Firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water or a sports drink. If nausea occurs, discontinue use.
Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. Pulse thready. Normal temperature possible. Fainting and vomiting. First Aid: Get victim out of sun. Lay down and loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air conditioned room. Give sips of water or a sports drink. If nausea occurs, discontinue use. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.
Heat Stroke (or sunstroke): High body temperature (106° F. or higher). Hot, dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse. Possible unconsciousness. First Aid: HEAT STROKE IS A SEVERE MEDICAL EMERGENCY. SUMMON EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OR GET THE VICTIM TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. DELAY CAN BE FATAL.
Never leave pets or children alone in a vehicles—temperatures inside can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes.
Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.