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Staying cool in a heatwave

Published on 14 August 2020 04:26 PM

Phew, it's getting HOT out there!

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long, there are health risks. When hot weather hits this summer, make sure it does not harm you or anyone you know. We’ve put together these tips to stay cool, when it’s hot 🌞

🧊 How to stay cool when it’s hot 🧊

🥤Drink plenty of fluids (aim for 6 to 8 glasses per day or more if thirsty).

Drinking enough is vital to maintain good health in the short and long term e.g. for the prevention of heatstroke, constipation, kidney stones and urinary tract infections. High temperatures and humidity can present a risk to our health. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay safe when it’s hot.

💧 Water is the best- drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol.

💧 Sip water throughout the day, consume fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as cucumber, watermelon, strawberries and tomatoes.

💧 If you have confusion, cramps, dark urine and are feeling weak, drink some water. You don’t have to feel thirsty to be dehydrated.

💧 The colour of urine is the best indicator; if you are drinking enough your urine should be a straw or pale yellow colour.

🧊 Keep cool indoors – stay out of the sun 11am-3pm

Homes can sometimes overheat during warmer weather. For many people, this makes life uncomfortable and sleeping difficult. There are various things you can do to remain cool.

🏡 Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler

🏡 Keep windows closed when it’s cooler inside than out

🏡 A damp cloth or a splash of water on the back of your neck can help

🏡 Wear light-coloured and lightweight cotton clothing

🏡 Use cotton sheets to keep cool

🏡 Store medication out of direct sunlight- below 25°C,in the fridge or a cooler place

🚨  Please be aware: Heat exhaustion could lead to heatstroke which is a serious illness. If you are feeling unwell, call 999 in an emergency, or contact 111 for advice.

Age UK Sutton is here to make Sutton a more #AgeFriendly place, whatever the weather.  Help us to keep everyone cool this summer by sharing these tips, keeping cool, and checking on friends, family and neighbours.