How to stay cool during a heatwave

We all love the sunshine, but we need to remember that it can be dangerous for older people. Here are some tips for staying cool during the heat.

Stay hydrated

Everybody understands the importance of drinking plenty of water during the warm weather. To make your drinks more interesting, consider making a sugar free mixer with cordial, ice and some fruit. You could also blend your favourite fruits together to make a delicious smoothie.

Splash and cool

Why not turn on the sprinklers in your garden for to make your sun lounging more refreshing. When inside, you could apply a wet flannel to your body or by using cold packs around hot areas such as your armpits and feet. Alternatively, why not take a cold bath or shower to quickly cool your whole body?

Cool clothes

Loose fitting clothes made of light and breathable materials such as cotton or linen are best for keeping cool. When going outdoors, remember to wear a hat to protect your head by keeping it in the shade.

Stay in the shade

Stay in the coolest areas of your home. Stay curtains and blinds that receive direct sunlight closed. This prevents sun heating up rooms, particularly your bedroom. Open your windows open to let fresh air inside. When outdoors, stay in the shade as much as you can. Also, use high SPF sun cream and stay out of direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day (11am to 3pm).

If you notice that someone has heat-related illness, contact a GP or ring NHS 111.

Follow this link for more advice on staying cool during hot weather.

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