I like to joke that I live in the Bay Area because I can’t handle high heels, canned vegetables or extreme weather. As a native, however, I know the reality is a little more complicated. True, we don’t often suffer the extreme weather conditions experienced elsewhere in the United States. But it does get cold here, and, more pertinently, hot. Moreover, unlike the rest of the country, our homes and public infrastructure aren’t built to ward off either. As a result, when we have hot weather, we can find ourselves unexpectedly overheated. It’s no joke: hundreds of people die from heatstroke in the U.S. every year—more than the annual death toll of any natural disaster.
So, how can we in the Bay Area prepare for a heat wave? First and foremost, be aware. Most victims of heat stroke are young children and elderly or disabled adults. Never leave a child in the car, and check on adults whom you suspect may be at risk. Second, get ready for the heat before the heat wave strikes. Here’s where we can help: we’ve compiled the following tips on how to keep your Bay Area home cool in the heat. Continue Reading “But Baby, It’s Hot Out There: How to Prepare for a Heat Wave”