Tips for staying cool in a heatwave
Age UK has published some tips on how to keep yourself cool in a heatwave.Age UK has published some tips on how to keep yourself cool in a heatwave.
- Don’t spend long periods sitting or working outside during the hottest time of the day: late morning to mid-afternoon
- If you’re travelling by car or public transport always take a bottle of water
- Avoid strenuous activity, and limit activities like housework and gardening to the early morning or evening when it’s cooler
- When inside, try to stay in the coolest parts of your home. Keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun
- Keep windows shut while it’s cooler inside than out and open them when it gets hotter inside. If it’s safe, you could leave a window open at night when it’s cooler
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured, cotton clothing.
- Take cool baths or showers
- Splash your face with cool (not very cold) water, or place a damp cloth on the back of your neck to help you cool off
- Drink lots of fluid – even if you aren’t thirsty
- Eat normally – even if you aren’t hungry, you need a normal diet to replace salt losses from sweating. In addition, try to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruit, as these contain a lot of water