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With the temperature hitting highs of 30 degrees this week we thought it would be worth sharing our advice on keeping cool in the summer.

Older people are particularly susceptible to heat related and so be sure to drop in on family and neighbours to make sure they’re keeping well in the summer heat.

Here are a few helpful tips on how to protect yourself from the heat, how to recognise heat-related illness, and what to do when someone shows signs of it.

Tips to Keep you Cool

  • Keep out of the heat
  • Don't spend long periods sitting or working outside during the hottest time of day - late morning to mid-afternoon.
  • If you do go out, wear a hat and stay in the shade as much as possible. If you're travelling by car or public transport always take a bottle of water.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, and limit activities like housework and gardening to the early morning or evening when its cooler.
  • When inside, try to stay in the coolest parts of your home. Keep curtains and blinds closed in the rooms that catch the sun. Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured, cotton clothing.
  • Take cool baths or showers and splash your face with cool (not very cold) water or place a damp cloth or scarf on the back of your neck.
  • Drink lots of fluid - even if you aren't thirsty. Limit drinks with caffeine in them, such as tea, coffee or cola and have water first or instead.
  • Avoid alcohol as it can make dehydration worse.
  • Eat normally - even if you aren't hungry, you need a normal diet to replace salt losses from sweating. In addition, try to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruit, as they contain a lot of water.

For further information on looking after yourself and others in a heatwave, click on the link below to see Age UK's Leaflet:

Staying Cool in a Heatwave leaflet