Jul 21, 2022 - News

How to beat the heat in Denver

Illustration of a thermometer shaped like a devil's pitchfork, reading over 100 degrees.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A devilish heat dome has engulfed much of the country, and Colorado is feeling the burn.

Driving the news: The heat wave is pushing cities nationwide to protect people from sweltering, often life-threatening conditions, Axios Local reports.

  • Denver leaders opened free cooling stations at recreation centers this week, and are encouraging residents to escape the heat inside public libraries.

Why it matters: Extreme temperatures not only take a toll on the environment, but also your health.

Here are a few more tips from the city to stay cool:

  • Limit outdoor activity and stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. AC is the best way to protect against heat-related illness.
  • Drink more water than usual, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Take chilled showers or baths to cool down. Fans don't prevent heat-related illness.
  • Avoid cooking on stovetops or in an oven to keep your home's temperature low.
  • Avoid alcohol or beverages that contain caffeine.

Our thought bubble: You can always hit up a public pool, reserve a private pool, rent a boat or go camping by the water.

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