11 Top Tips for Staying Safe & Cool During The Heatwave
Health Risks In The Heat:
With the UK expecting to reach scorching temperatures over the next few weeks, it is incredibly important to ensure that you stay safe during the sunny weather.
Although the sunny weather is exciting to most, it poses an array of challenges to the elderly. Aging, along with medical conditions can often cause senior citizens to have a reduced ability to feel thirst. This, alongside the fact that the elderly have a reduction in percentage of body water puts the elderly in serious risk of dehydration. This however is not the only health danger that individuals are at risk of; other health risks include sunstroke, sun stress, hyperthermia and more. Here are 11 ways to stay safe this summertime:
Ways To Stay Safe:
1. Stay Hydrated:
Regardless of age, it is extremely important to stay hydrated in the hot weather. It is recommended that you drink 8-10 cups of water even If you do not feel thirsty. Watching out for symptoms of dehydration such as feeling weak or dizzy are imperative.
2. Stay Out Of The Sun:
When it is essential for you to venture outside, make sure you do so before 11am and after 3pm.
3. Wear A Sun Hat:
Wearing a sunhat will keep the rays off your neck, shoulders and head, reducing the risk of sunstroke.
4. Wear Sunglasses:
Aging eyes can take longer to adjust to changes in light, so sunglasses are an essential for protecting your eyes during the heatwave!
5. Wear Sun Cream:
It goes without saying that wearing a sun cream with at least 30 SPF is essential in the summer. This will reduce the risk of sunburn and sunstroke.
6. Contact your GP:
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, it is highly advised that you check for any extra precautions that may need to be taken in the hot weather.
Ways To Keep Cool:
1. Take A Cool Bath:
A lukewarm or cold bath is the perfect way to keep cool on a summer day. We understand that this task is not simple for those with little strength or mobility, which is why we recommend purchasing one of our Bath Lifts.
How An Easy2Bathe Bath Lift Can Help:
Taking a cool bath is the most simple and effective way to keep cool on a summer’s day. Our Bath Lift can help even the least agile individuals to enjoy a cooling bathing experience during the heatwave.
The Easy2Bathe bath lift enables you to safely enter and exit the bath, lowering the risk of slips and falls. Furthermore, there is a temperature display on the Bath Lift, enabling you to ensure that you’ll be staying cool during your relaxing experience.
2. Plenty Of Rest:
Although it is normally recommended to stay active on a daily basis, physical activity should be kept to a minimum in the heat.
3. Keep The Heat Out Of The Home:
It is important to ensure that the heat stays outside. Fans are great for keeping cool in the summer. It is also essential to ensure that blinds and curtains are closed during peak heat times.
4. Wear Loose & Light-Coloured Clothing:
Light-coloured clothing doesn’t absorb the sunlight and is therefore essential on hot days. It is also recommended to layer up thin clothing to enable you to adjust to the weather at different times of the day.
5. Use A Cool, Damp Cloth:
Place a cool, damp cloth on the back of your neck or on any of your pulse points to keep cool throughout the day. You must ensure that the cloth is a cool temperature, and isn’t dangerously cold.
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