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Feeling the heat? Tips for staying cool this summer!


summer safety tips

2015 has been dubbed the hottest year on record, and this week Victoria and SA are set the have their hottest weeks on record. So how can we stay cool, safely this summer?

 General

  • A spray bottle with water will keep you cool inside
  • If you have air conditioning, use your fans as well to keep the air cold
  • Use ice packs on your wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles and behind the knees
  • Shower more regularly
  • Turn off the lights
  • Don’t cook
  • Close your windows
  • If your house is two story, stay downstairs
  • Don’t use appliances
 Activities to do
  • Shopping
  • Movies
  • Library
  • Art gallery
  • Museum
  • Visit an indoor pool
  • Spend your evenings outside
Food
  • Drink plenty of water and keep it in the fridge
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they promote dehydration
  • Enjoy ice blocks
  • Have frequent small meals
  • Have cool foods like fruit and dairy products
  • Avoid protein
  • Eat spicy food to increase sweating to cool your body
  • Drink Chrysanthemum tea
Clothing
  • Wear loose fitting clothes in light colours
  • Cotton will keep you cooler than synthetics
  • Always wear sunscreen
  • Wear a hat
Sport and Exercise
  • Alter your pattern and take advantage of cooler times of day like early morning and evening
  • Drink electrolyte drinks to prevent dehydration
Animals
  • Make sure there is shade
  • Fill their water bowl up multiple times a day
  • Fill up a container for pets to cool off in
Those at risk during heatwaves
  • Infants and young children
  • People over 65
  • Overweight people
  • People taking diuretics, sedatives tranquilizers and antihistamines
  • People with mental illness
  • People with poor circulation
  • Physically ill people

Make sure that you check on friends or relatives if they fit into any of these categories.

Written by Shine Lawyers on December 22, 2015. Last modified: September 6, 2018.

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