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Take precautions in the heat;
More than comfort, heat safety tips
can save your life
(BPT) From tornadoes and floods to hail and
lightning storms, the United States experienc-
es a broad array of extreme weather. Fatali-
ties do occur, but many people are surprised
to learn that the weather event that causes
the greatest number of deaths is heat.
According to the National Weather Service,
heat causes the greatest number of weather-
related fatalities each year. In fact, an aver-
age of 130 people a year lost their lives as
a result of heat from 1986-2015. This is a
higher number than all other weather events,
including hurricanes.
From coast to coast, many regions are experi-
encing heat waves and extreme temperatures
this summer. The toll the heat can take on the
body should not be underestimated. It¡¯s im-
portant to take precautions to ensure safety
in the heat when exercising, entertaining or
working outdoors or in non-air-conditioned
areas like the garage.
Hydration: The top tip for giving your body
the power to beat the heat is to stay hydrat-
ed. You need water to sweat, which cools the
body. When sweat evaporates, it cools the air
around the skin so you can maintain a com-
fortable body temperature. Be certain to avoid
sugar or caffeinated drinks, as they are not as
effective as plain old H2O.
Rest: Whether at work or play, be sure to
take breaks from the heat. Heat exhaustion
can lead to heat stroke, both of which are
dangerous conditions caused by too much
time in hot temperatures. Frequent breaks
from strenuous activity allow the body to rest
and cool down.
Shade: High temperatures paired with the UV
rays of the sun can be a dangerous combina-
tion. If you must spend time outdoors, try
to do so in the shade. Shaded surfaces, for
example, may be 20-45 degrees cooler than
the peak temperatures of unshaded surfaces,
according to the United States Environmental
Protection Agency.
Cooling: While air conditioning is not an
option for open areas like the patio, deck or
garage, consider achieving cooling in these
spaces with a portable evaporative cooler. Us-
ing the ambient air and the natural process of
evaporation, these coolers produce chilled air
to create a comfortably cool environment.
Portacool portable evaporative coolers offer
a variety of sizes to accommodate spaces
from 1,000 to 6,000 square feet. They op-
erate with a standard 110-V, are energy-
efficient and are equipped with heavy-duty
castors for easy mobility.
Clothing: Loose-fitting clothing made from
lightweight materials can help keep your body
cool during hot temperatures while shielding
you from sunburn. This type of clothing can
breathe, meaning that air can easily circulate
to your body and keep you cool. Be selective
when it comes to colors. Choosing light-col-
ored attire is wise because it can reflect heat
more efficiently than darker tones.
Peak hours: While it¡¯s not always possible,
it¡¯s wise to avoid being outdoors during peak
heat periods of the day. This is typically noon
to 5 p.m.
So if you must work in your garage or plan to
exercise outdoors, start early in the morning.
Consider planning family cookouts for later in
the evening when the sun lowers and tem-
peratures start to drop.
Psychology Of Color
Health & Nurturing 2017 August/September
Pg 7 - The Sunshine Express
¡°If you could kick the person
in the pants responsible for
most of your trouble, you
wouldn¡¯t sit for a month.¡±
- Theodore Roosevelt
By applying color psychology to your paint selec-
tions, you can make each room evoke the emo-
tions you desire.¡±
Most people talk about neutrals like black and
white, according to a new color study conducted
online by Harris Poll on behalf of Sherwin-Wil-
liams through listening to social media conversa-
tion about colors mentioned with areas of the
home. But when asked directly, the majority of
participants say more vibrant colors should be
used throughout the home, such as blue, red
and green.
Based on this new research and Dr. Augustin¡¯s
insights on color psychology, here are some
ideas on choosing colors for painting projects.
In the mood for blue: If you¡¯re drawn in by
beautiful blues, you¡¯re in good company. Sixty-
two percent of Americans select blue as one of
the colors they like the most. This strong pref-
erence for blue is consistent across genders,
locations and age, making a blue like Adriatic
Sea SW 6790 a good choice if you¡¯re considering
more vibrant colors, or if you¡¯re painting a room
in a home that you plan to sell soon.
¡°No matter where you go on the planet, people
Cheery vibes with yellow: Forty-two percent of
Americans associate yellow with happiness. The
color yellow is also psychologically linked to physical
warmth. Other golden colors that are a bit darker,
such as Cut the Mustard SW 6384, would work in a
kitchen dining area, as warm colors stimulate appe-
tite and can make a space seem cozy.
What¡¯s right about white: The top feeling most
Americans associate with white is calmness (34 per-
cent). In color psychology, white also signals cleanli-
ness, so shades of white can be good choices for the
bath, laundry or anywhere in your home that you
want to add brightness.
For more tips and ideas on how to spruce up your
home with paint color visit:
About The National Painting Week Color
Psychology Study: This survey was conducted
online within the United States between March 23-
27, 2017 among 2,201 adults (aged 18 and over) by
Harris Poll on behalf of Sherwin-Williams via its Quick
Query omnibus product. Figures for age, sex, race/
ethnicity, education, region, and household income
were weighted where necessary to bring them in line
with their actual proportions in the surveyed popula-
tions. This online survey is not based on a probability
sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sam-
pling error can be calculated. Social results were ob-
tained by harvesting 12,089 public geo-tagged social
media posts in the U.S. between January 1 - April 13,
2017 where selected colors appear within two words
of areas of the home.
are most likely to say that their favorite color
is blue. In our primordial past, blue was linked
to good things in our lives. It is the color of the
sky on a fair weather day and also a color of a
watering hole seen from a distance,¡± Dr. Augus-
tin says.
Black comes back: It may be surprising that
black is the second most popular color (32
percent), and is especially liked among millenni-
als, at 41 percent. Many have fallen in love with
darker tones again, and dark black like Tricorn
Black SW 6258 and even charcoal, navy and
deep jewel tones are all gaining in popularity,
adding urban sophistication to a wide range of
spaces, from living rooms to kitchens.
What green really means: Generations see
green hues differently. Millennials associate it
with energy (33 percent compared to 24 percent
of Gen Xers and baby boomers). Boomers are
more likely than millennials to associate green
with calmness (26 percent vs. 20 percent).
When it comes to the psychology of green, the
color seems to enhance creative thinking, mak-
ing a green such as Derbyshire SW 6741 a good
option for a study or for a stimulating playroom.
Raving for red: According to Dr. Augustin, since
red is also the color of many fine wines, painting
a wall Rave Red SW 6608 in a dining room can
appropriately call wine to mind. Red also offers
people a burst of strength, making it an effec-
tive color choice for spaces like laundry rooms,
where ¡°heavy lifting¡± is done. According to the
survey, almost half of Americans (49 percent)
said the most associated emotion with the color
red is excitement.
Lifesaving Tips
How to use color psychology to
influence the mood of your home
(BPT) Looking to make a few changes around
the house? A fresh coat of paint can make a
big difference on the look of your home and
how you feel living in it. But unless you¡¯re a
color expert, it¡¯s hard to know what colors
are best among the endless array of options.
A great place to start is by understanding the
psychology behind various colors, so that you
can achieve the look and create the effect
you want in each room.
¡°Color is such an important factor in setting
or improving our moods; it greatly influences
human emotion and behavior,¡± says Dr. Sally
Augustin, a color psychologist who applies
science-based insights to how we experience
colors. ¡°The brain interacts with color in a
variety of ways, from calming to energizing.