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5 top tips for staying cool in hot weather

Many of us are enjoying the warmer days of summer (finally!), but we should not forget that the temperature can get too high and for some this can be uncomfortable and in some cases it can become dangerously hot. Our top tips will help.

The evidence about the risks to health from heatwaves is extensive and consistent from around the world. Last July’s heatwave caused an extra 447 deaths in the UK. Many of these deaths will be amongst vulnerable and older people.

Tip 1

Stay out of the heat: Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm. If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf. Avoid extreme physical exertion. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.

Tip 2

Cool yourself down: Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks. Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content. Take a cool shower, bath or body wash. Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.

Tip 3

Keep your living space cool: You can keep the upstairs cool by opening the hatch to the loft so that heat can rise further and escape from the house, try it, it really works! Extreme temperature sensors monitor for excess high and low temperatures and will raise an alert at our contact centre if there is cause for concern.

Tip 4

If you have a health problem keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging). Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications.

Tip 5

Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves. If you have a lifeline pendant and feel unwell press your red button and we will assist you.

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