How to stay healthy in the heat

Best Advises during this heat period

Drink plenty of water
  • Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty – check the colour of your wee – if it’s pale you’re drinking enough.
  • Avoid alcoholic, hot or sugary drinks including tea and coffee (they can make dehydration worse).
  • If you go outside, carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Stock your fridge with cold water and freezer with ice.
Keep your body cool
  • Drink cold drinks and eat smaller cold meals such as salads and fruit.
  • Wear light colored, loose fitting clothes made from natural fibres like cotton.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
  • If you must go outside, apply sunscreen, wear a hat.
  • Plan your day around the heat – avoid being outdoors between 11am and 5pm.
  • Put wet towels or cool packs on your arms or neck or put your feet in cool water.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Minimise physical activity, do all household chores early in the morning when it is coolest.
Keep your house cool
  • Cool your house by closing windows, shutting curtains and blinds, opening windows at night if you can to let in cool air.
  • Use air-conditioning if you have it (make sure it’s set to cool).
  • If you don’t have air-conditioning, spend time in a cool place like a library, shopping centre or cinema.
  • Know which room in your house is the coolest (this will often be on the ground floor on the south side).
  • If there is no power or you can’t get to an air-conditioned space, spend time in the coolest part of your house.
  • Use your stove and oven as little as possible.
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