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Keeping cool during the summer

Posted by cornwallcare on August 22, 2019

With the hot weather we’ve been enjoying over the last couple of months, it’s more important than ever to ensure those more susceptible to the heat are kept cool. With that in mind we’ve put together some tips on how to keep safe this summer.

  • Try to avoid spending too much time outside during the hottest part of the day, which is typically between 11am-3pm. If you do go outside, try to stay in the shade as much as possible – and preferably somewhere with a breeze.
  • At home, try to keep indoors as cool as you can by keeping the curtains and blinds closed during the day – especially in rooms which face the sun.
  • Whilst it may seem natural to open a window, this can be counterproductive if the temperature outside is hotter than inside. If indoors is cool, try to keep windows and doors closed during the day in order to stop the warmer air increasing the temperature inside. Aim to open the windows during the early morning or late evening if the temperatures are cooler then.
  • Stay up to date with the latest forecast so you know when the hottest weather is likely and make plans accordingly. It’s also wise to carry a bottle of cold water, a hat and sunglasses with you when going out. Sun cream should be applied regularly, even when cloudy, to protect skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Opt for lighter, loose fitting, more breathable clothing in order to stay cooler.
  • Try to plan any outdoor activities for the early morning or evening when the temperatures are lower.
  • If you’re feeling too hot, use a damp cloth on the back of your neck to cool you down. You could also sit with your feet in a bowl of cool (but not too cold) water and use fans to keep you comfortable.
  • If your home is too hot, head to a public space where there is air conditioning in order to cool down.
  • Ensure any medication is being kept at the right temperature and that you stay hydrated both at home and outdoors. Avoid hot drinks like tea and coffee and choose water (which should be kept refrigerated) instead. Signs of dehydration include feeling weak, experiencing confusion, having dark urine and cramps.
  • Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke – these include dizziness, nausea, headaches, a fast pulse, high temperature, abnormal sweating, muscle twitching, seizures and unconsciousness. If you are concerned for yourself or another, please seek medical attention immediately.
  • During the warmer months of the year, some of us may find the heat difficult. If you know of anyone who may be struggling, take the time to check on them regularly. Equally, if you yourself are finding the heat difficult, ask family, friends or neighbours to look in on you.

Drink plenty of water every day, especially when the weather is hot. It is important to keep hydrated.