This month we’ve had some of the warmest weather on record!
Though many of us have been enjoying the warmer weather, extreme temperatures can be harmful to our health, so it’s important we make sure we’re protected!
Here are 10 ways to enjoy the hot weather .
1. Plan time in the shade, indoors or out of the heat
This is particularly important between 11.00am and 3.00pm when the sun is at its strongest.
2. Apply sunscreen to any areas of skin that are not covered by your clothing, shoes or headwear
Sunscreen will offer some protection but you should also consider wearing a hat and light scarf if you plan to go out in the heat. For more information on sunscreen safety please visit the NHS website.
3. Dress for the occasion
Light, loose-fitting cotton clothes can help you feel cooler and more comfortable.
4. Avoid extreme physical exercise outdoors during high temperatures
Staying active is important but you should . Stay active by visiting an air conditioned leisure facility or swimming pool instead.
5. Stay hydrated
Make sure you drink plenty of cold drinks. You should avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks. Eating cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with high water content can also help you feel cooler and more refreshed.
6. Taking a cool shower or bath, sprinkling water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck can help you feel cooler
7. Keep it cool
Keeping your living space cool is especially important for young children, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t care for themselves. Place a thermometer in the main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
8. Know when to open or close your windows and blinds
You can lower the temperature in your home by keeping windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped. You should close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, however, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or putting reflective material in-between them and the window space.
9. Be careful of electrical equipment in the heat
Electrical equipment can generate heat so turning off non-essential lights and electrical equipment can also help keep indoor temperatures lower. If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping.
10. Know when to seek medical help
Heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heatstroke it needs to be treated as an emergency. Find out more by visiting the NHS website.