Stay cool in this heat!

It’s easy to get dehydrated or to overheat during really hot weather.

Avoiding dehydration.

Drink lots of fluids.  It’s a good idea to drink between 6 – 8 glasses of liquids every day as a minimum.
Eat a balanced diet to replace any salt your body loses through sweating.

How to tell if you are overheating.

Watch out for symptoms like muscle cramps in the arms, legs or stomach.  Mild confusion and weakness can also be symptoms.  If you think you have overheated then sit or lay in a cool place and drink plenty of fluids.  Seek medical advice or call your care provider if your symptoms get worse.

How to tell if you have heat exhaustion.

This is fatigue caused by too much exposure to heat.

If you experience headaches, dizziness, vomiting, feeling nauseus, intense thirst, heavy sweating or a fast pulse then you may have heat exhaustion.

If you have any of these symptoms you must find a cool place and loosen any tight clothes, drink plenty of water or juice and, if you can, sponge yourself with some cool water or have a cool shower.

Left untreated, heat exhaustion could develop into HEATSTROKE.

How to tell if you have heatstroke.

If you feel confused, disoriented, experience seizures of lose consciousness then heatstroke may be the cause.  THIS COULD BE POTENTIALLY VERY SERIOUS.

If you, or someone else, shows these symptoms then call 999 immediately (if in the UK, 112 if you are in the European Union). 

If you wear a pendant alarm, press it to get help.


Home Instead are providers of home care.  Always seek the advice of your General Practitioner if in doubt.