Are you prepared for Heat Wave?

It may not be possible to halt the onslaught of a heat wave but it is very well possible to reduce its effects. Here are some simple and effective ways to keep the heat from getting to you and your family:

Eat light, eat right: Eat freshly home cooked, less on oil food. Add more vegetables and fruits. Stay away from tea, coffee and alcohol. Don’t forget to drink sufficient water and other fluids such as nimbupani, torani, lassi to keep yourself hydrated.

Make a kitchen garden: On the roof or your backyard - to cool down the surroundings besides bringing you home-grown veggies. Try to plant creepers; the exteriors of your walls could breathe a sigh of relief.

Create a vertical garden: They are a visual treat, they bring down pollution and they also bring down the heat levels. Go for as many as you can.

Cross-ventilate: Keep your windows, especially those right opposite another, open during mornings and late evenings when the air is comparatively cooler.

Use lighting judiciously: Turn off lights when not in use – they radiate heat and fuel your power bills too. 

Paint your roof white: It will reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat, thus reducing the amount of heat conducted to your home.

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