Tips to keep cool when temperatures soar

Aged Care, Community, Disability January 6, 2020

When the mercury climbs into the thirties and beyond, it’s important to take care of yourself. Here are some tips to help you to stay cool this summer.

1. Avoid the heat completely

If possible, monitor the weather forecast and plan your day around it. Between 11am and 3pm avoid spending too long working, standing or sitting outside. If you do go out, make sure you’re well-hydrated, have a bottle of water and stay in the shade.

2. Protect your skin from the sun

You’ll need sunscreen with at least SPF30, a hat and sunglasses with proper UV protection.

3. Wear loose, light-coloured breathable clothes

For example, cotton is a good material to wear on hot days.

4. Don’t do too much

If you are set on doing housework, gardening or other errands, stick to a cooler time of day, and make sure you take plenty of breaks!

5. Keep the blinds and curtains shut

Any room in your house which is a sun trap will be unbearable by the end of the day if you don’t keep the heat out. You can also use a door snake to stop the hot air from coming into your home.

6. Use fans if you don’t have air-conditioning

Free-standing fans and ceiling fans will help keep your temperature down!

7. Take cool baths or showers

If this is difficult during the day or without support, splashing your face with cool water or using a damp cloth on the forehead and neck can help you cool off.

8. When it’s hot, make sure you’re drinking lots of fluid

Make sure to drink some water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Try and avoid caffeine or alcohol as they will dehydrate you. And you may not feel hungry but it’s important to eat normally so you replace the salts and fluids lost through sweating. Fruits and salads are great for hot days as they are cool and contain lots of water.

9. Once the day is done, open some windows

At the end of the day or once the cool change has come through, open some windows to let cooler air into your house.

10. Know who to call if you need help or feel unwell

Heatstroke can be life-threatening so if you or someone you know has persisting symptoms seek medical attention immediately. With all the bushfires in Australia at the moment, it’s important to stay aware of the resources available. Make sure to stay aware of any news updates in your area. Your state fire service will have some good tips and resources. Here’s a list of emergency services around the country.

If you get dizzy, a headache or feel nauseous – Find a cool place out of the sun, drink plenty of water and take a cool shower.

Check the weather forecast ahead of time and contact a worker on Mable to assist you if you would like support in this time period.

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