Hot Tips From Home Instead

It’s fair to say that we all look forward to the summer, especially when we are blessed with particularly warm and sunny weather. The sunshine makes us feel happy and it offers a great source of vitamin D to keep us healthy. However, higher temperatures and humidity can also present risks to our health. Older people’s bodies in particular, are often unable to adjust to sudden changes in temperature, which makes them more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long, there are health risks. In England, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every year. With this in mind, here are a few tips on how to make the most of the summer weather but stay cool in the process and remember to look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly  at risk: 

  • Avoid the hottest times of the day (between 11am – 3pm) – if you do need to venture out make sure you aren’t outside for long periods of time and find shady spots when  you can.
  • Stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool. Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor  spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Keep hydrated – even if you’re not thirsty it’s important to drink plenty of water or fruit juice to replace fluids lost during sweating. Avoid caffeine or alcohol which increase  dehydration.
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Think lightweight – choose clothing which is loose, lightweight, light coloured and breathable such a white linen shirt.
  • Cover up – in addition to wearing cooler clothing it’s also important to remember a hat. No matter whether it’s a cotton baseball cap or a straw boater, headwear will help to  keep your face in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
  • Cool down – take cool showers and baths when possible. If you’re out and about, use a cotton hankie soaked in cool water and place it on the back of your neck and on your  wrists.

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