Keeping Cool This Summer

Most of us welcome the hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there can be health risks. The elderly are one of the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems. Knowing how to keep cool & hydrated during long periods of hot weather can help save lives.

Here's some useful tips to remain healthy during the warmer weather:

- Shut windows and close curtains when it is hotter outside than in. You can open them for ventilation when it’s cooler.
- Stay out of the sun particularly between 11am and 3pm.
- Keep rooms cool and have cool baths and showers or splash with cool water.
- Drink cold drinks regularly but avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.

If someone does feel unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink and seek medical help if symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don't go away.