SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Several days of high temperatures can cause heat related illness and heat stroke, but one health official told 22News that if you stay cool at night, and get proper sleep, you will be better able to handle the heat during the day.
Springfield resident Vivana Romero told 22News she is feeling the heat and is trying all day and night to stay cool. "I keep the A/C and a fan on. Both!" she explained about her ways to stay cool.
The air conditioner was also West Springfield resident Jeff Fowlie's choice to stay cool both during the day, and over night. "A/C all the way, and occasionally if we get really hot we throw a towel over our heads."
Public Health officials advise staying well hydrated. They say drinking lots of water is your best defense against the heat no matter the time of day.
Other tips to stay cool are to dress in lightweight clothing and eat smaller, more frequent meals. Avoid high-protein foods which can up your body's metabolic heat according to experts at Baystate Medical Center .
Officials also suggest to try and close off just one room with the A/C over night because that can help cut back on electricity costs.
Rocky's Hardware manager Jay Young told 22News that cost is a common concern for customers, but that many newer air conditioning units are more energy efficient than ever.
He also said there are other steps you can take. "Watch the temperatures inside and out; when the temperatures dip outside below what is in the house then you can turn the fans on and let in the cooler air or run your air conditioners at night."
Officials told 22news some signs of heat stroke to watch for are dizziness, throbbing headaches, and nausea or confusion, or a rapid heart rate. If you experience any of these symptoms be sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible.