Keep Your Cool

With temperatures already in the high 20’s, please consider your neighbours, friends or family members who may suffer from the heat. Here are a few tips to help keep them cool.

Make sure that they drink plenty of water, staying hydrated is essential when it is hot. Avoid drinks that could make you dehydrated such as alcohol. Some people say to reduce caffeine but the jury seems out on the effect of caffeine and dehydration. Cold water is always best.

Help them to stay cool, having a fan can help you stay cool so make sure you have one in your home. You can also place ice cubes in a bowl or tray in front of a fan to cool down a room faster.

Avoid going out in the height of the sun, if you need to go out try to do so early in the morning or later in the evening. Try not to go out if you do not need to, but if you do, remember to take plenty of water with you.

Dress lightly, wear cooler material such as cotton and swap trousers for shorts and wear footwear that will help your feet breathe, such as sandals or beach shoes.

Use sun lotion, if you do go out in the sun make sure to use sun lotion and avoid sunburn which will make you hotter.

Think about what and when you eat, cooking a stew in the middle of the day may not be the best idea. Instead have salads and fruit. The house will be cooler and your body won’t get so hot from the food.

Sleep somewhere cooler, if you have a cooler room you can sleep in then do that. It’s better to get some rest on a sofa bed than boil in the bedroom.

Keep your room cooler, pull your curtains to in order to stop the sun coming through.

Lastly, the most important tip, look out for each other, if you know someone who is vulnerable to the heat make sure they are okay.  Give them a call during the day or pop in to see them.  Many older people may be isolated so don’t assume they have someone to look out for them.