Here are some tips for staying cool
- Prevent the heat getting in. Keep an eye on the forecast and if temperatures are predicted to rise above 30’C, close your blinds, doors and windows.
- Keep cool. Stay indoors, avoid sun exposure and make use of your air conditioning and fans. If you don’t have air conditioning, perhaps spend a day at your local library or shopping centre.
- Drink water regularly to help you stay hydrated. Drinking water assists in keeping body cool and helps to regulate your body temperature. Limit drinks containing alcohol and caffeine such as coffee and tea.
- Have cold meals, not hot. This will mean you won’t heat up your home whilst cooking and you won’t feel sluggish from a hot meal.
- Cool your body down. Wear loose, light-weight clothing and use a cold wet wash cloth on the back of your neck, or place your feet in a pan of cold water.
- If suffering from heat stress, call for help. Symptoms of heat stress include headache, vomiting, extremely heavy sweating, confusion and swollen tongue.