10 Tips and Tricks to stay cool right now
Whilst the hot weather in the UK can be a nice change, it’s important not to forget there are health risks from the weather getting too hot. In England, there is an average of 2000 heat-related deaths every year. See below for different tips that can help to keep you cool during these hot summer months.
Why is a heatwave a problem?
The main risk a heatwave can cause:
- Dehydration from not drinking enough water
- Overheating can cause issues for individuals who have trouble with their heart or breathing
- Heatstroke or heat exhaustion
Tips for staying cool during hot weather:
1. Wet flannel or cloth with cool water – Wrap the cloth around the back of your neck to provide instant heat relief. Repeat the process for as long as necessary.
2. Running cool water on wrists – Running cold water on your pulse points when the heat is unbearable can help to cool down.
4. Spritzing yourself with cold water - Heat exhaustion can cause sickness feeling, headaches, dizziness, excessive sweating, dizziness, and confusion. Fill a spray bottle with water and mist your skin for quick relief.
6. Cold food and drinks – Grabbing something cold from the fridge and freezer is a perfect way to cool yourself off.
8. Windows – Closing windows and blinds during the day means that your home does not absorb as much heat as it would if it were open during the daytime. However, at night-time as soon as the temperature drops it’s important to open the windows to allow cool air to come in.
10. Create a DIY air conditioner with fan and ice – Placing a bowl of ice directly in front of a fan is an easy way to create an icy breeze to cool down your space.
- Remember to apply sunscreen regularly, the first layer of sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun and re-apply at least every 2 hours. You should reapply your sunscreen more often if you are taking part in water activities or sweating heavily.
- Check your community for cooling centres that open during the heatwave. In addition to the air-conditioned library, school, or community centre to cool off. Make sure to turn off things that generate heat e.g. lights, ovens and any electronic device that draws energy.