How to safely enjoy the heat

Summer's here finally, let's enjoy it it safely!

Summer's arrived!

A lot of us look forward to the sun coming out and soaking up the vitamin D. However, too much heat is not safe for anyone. It is even riskier if you are older, it’s important to be cautious and get relief quickly when you are overheated.

The big risks of the heat include dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Here’s how to prevent them…

  • Stay away from direct sun exposure as much as possible. If possible, plan your outdoor activities either early in the morning or when the sun starts to set.
  • Keep the room cool. Keep that blinds shut during the day and windows open at night.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cool water, clear juices, and other liquids that don’t contain alcohol or caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine cause you to lose water in your body by making you urinate more.

Don't Forget...

  • Dress appropriately. Whenever you can, try wearing loose, light-coloured clothes. Avoid dark-coloured clothes as they may absorb heat. Top it off with a lightweight, broad-brimmed hat and you are dressing like a pro!
  • Cool down! Take tepid (not too cold or too hot) showers, baths, or sponge baths when you’re feeling warm.  Don’t have the time?  Then wet washcloths or towels with cool water and put them on your wrists, ankles, armpits, and neck.
  • Don’t Forget the sunscreen! Be sure to wear SPF 15 or higher and reapply during the day.
  • Keep eating even if you’re not feeling too hungry. Try to eat more food that’s cold and has a lot of water in it, like fruit or salad.
  • Invest in a fan. It can make your summer much more enjoyable and give you relief from the heat. If not try to go to air-conditioned places during the heat of the day like, the library, shops, cinema or senior centre.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical activity. In the heat we get tired a lot easier.
  • Be aware of medication. Check if your medications can be affected by the heat or if the need to be stored differently.

Be sure to stay safe and enjoy summer. If you need any further support, please call the team on 0208 114 2000.