Your house is a safe haven, but it can also be a dangerous place: On average, 54 percent of heat-related deaths occur at home. To make yours as safe—and cool—as possible, try these tips:
A cold bath or shower can lower your body temperature. Or, place a chilly washcloth on your wrist or neck. That's where blood vessels are closest to the skin, so you'll cool down faster.
Hot air rises, so spending less time on the top floor of the house might keep you out of harm's way.
Electronics like televisions, lamps, and computers can raise a room's temperature. Put them to sleep or turn them off when they aren't in use.
If you have air-conditioning units (window or central), clean the filters once a month and coils twice a year. Dirt can block airflow, reducing chill factor and bumping up your energy bill by up to 15 percent.
Can't handle the heat? Avoid the stove, which releases radiant warmth. Instead, stock your fridge with no-cook meals and snacks. Visit BHG.com/NoCook for delicious recipes.