Heat Wave Survival

PVC homemade mister by IamGutter on Instructables.com.

PVC homemade mister by IamGutter on Instructables.com.

Who would have thought that the first week of September would bring a heat wave in the 90’s for many states? With many of the public pools closed after Labor Day, people have to be a bit creative. Especially if they lack air conditioning.

This Frugal Gal has a short list of criteria for posting ideas – it must be easy for the average non-creative person and the cost of the project must be low.

When it came to homemade air conditioners, I ran across a lot of ideas. Many used copper tubing, which isn’t exactly cheap. It’s also important that most households have at least a few of the items already on hand. Most people have a plastic storage tub and fan around their house to start making this air conditioner:

Homemade air conditioner by HADJISTYLLIS on Instructables.com

Homemade air conditioner by HADJISTYLLIS on Instructables.com

 

 

 

 

 

The Clearance Sales

It’s the perfect time to grab the last of the kiddie pools and sprinklers at your area store. Most are marked 50 – 75 percent off. The one below gives not only the kids a chill spot, but parents can float in a rectangular pool with just two feet of water.

Rectangular kiddie pools have leg room for adults too! Image from ikoala.com.au.

Rectangular kiddie pools have leg room for adults too! Image from ikoala.com.au.

Natural Bodies of Water

Obviously if you live close to a lake/pond you may want to take that route. But again, because of many lifeguard posts ending after Labor Day weekend, you need to make extra sure you’re safe. The best bodies of water to visit are ones you’re already visited. Canals and rivers aren’t recommended unless they have a known safe swimming area.

Another idea for staying cool for several hours is visiting a mall. They’re air conditioned, have food courts, or coffee lounges.

Whichever way you decide to cool down, stay hydrated and know the signs of heat stroke. Stay safe and cool! : )

 

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