Feeling HOT Hot hot!!! How to stay cool in the sun

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When it’s so hot how do you stay cool?

Well we certainly had some very hot weather over the last couple of weeks. However, it seems to have turned again and we are back to the good ol’ English summer. Just in case the Sun comes back in force this week’s blog gives you some hints and tips on coping with the heat.

There is always information floating around about the cold and how to stay warm but we just don’t tend to have the heat required to worry about staying cool. However, with the hit reaching well into the 30s last week we definitely need to take precautions.

It’s important to be sensible in hot weather, for example, stay indoors, avoid strenuous activity, wear lightweight clothing, and drink cool water regularly throughout the day.

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Other simple measures that can reduce your risk of heat stress include:

Pay attention to weather reports – temperatures above 37 °C are particularly dangerous. Act to prevent heat stress on days when the temperature is predicted to rise above 30 °C. Take note of humidity levels too, because sweating is not as effective at cooling you down when the weather is very humid.

Review medications with your doctor – if you take medications, ask your doctor if you are at increased risk of heat stress in hot weather. The doctor may advise that you avoid certain medications or adjust the dosage during the summer months.

Reduce caffeine and alcohol – caffeinated and alcoholic drinks have a mild diuretic action. Limit tea, coffee and alcohol in hot weather.

Take note of the colour of your urine – brown or dark yellow urine suggests dehydration.

Stay cool – draw your blinds and curtains, and turn on your air conditioner and set it to ‘cool’. If you do not have an air conditioner, try cool showers or use wet towels and sit in front of an electric fan.

This blog post was created using information from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/heat-stress-and-older-people

 

So stay cool everyone until next week

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August 2, 2019 |

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