Whilst some people look forward to what summer brings, lots if sunshine and lovely days. For others such as older, younger or those with health concerns the heat can cause problems whilst at home or out and about.
How to keep cool
Follow some of these tips to make sure you keep cool and stay safe during the heatwave
If possible, make sure you have stocked up on food and drink before the hot weather arrives so you don’t need to go out in the day
Stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day (Typically between 11am and 3pm)
Keep rooms in the house as cool as possible by closing blinds and curtains to keep the sun out and only open windows when it is cool enough outside to do so
If possible move into cooler rooms, especially for sleeping
Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water lower far milks, tea and coffee are good options.
When out and about
Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear airy, light clothing
Wear light colored clothing
Use high factor sun cream if your likely to be exposed to direct sunlight
Where possible stay in the shade
Take a bottle of water with you
If you use a wheelchair take an umbrella or sunshade to protect from exposure to direct sunlight
If you can try to make journeys outside from shopping, gardening or walking the dog in the evenings when its cooler.
If you have difficulty moving around you may avoid getting a drink, so make sure you ask someone to place plenty of water or soft drinks within reach
Water doesn’t have to come from a glass or bottle, lots of foods including fruits and salad contain water to help you stay hydrated
Offer people a drink, don’t wait to be asked
Make drinks exciting
Fill a bottle of water and carry it with you