Summer is great and as we sizzle in the heat we all love to spend time and enjoy the great outdoors. The long endless, lazy summer days spent at the beach or in the pool are what summer is all about; sipping on an ice cold drink or eating an ice cold ice cream to keep cool and enjoying a BBQ with family and friends. Of course splashing about in the water helps to keep us cool but unfortunately we can't always spend every day in the pool or at the beach.
In the grip of a seemingly endless heatwave, it's too hot to move or do anything; you can't even sleep at night because of the heat and eating is just too hard. Hot weather like this is not only uncomfortable but it can cause heat related illness such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
We all know about the heat and how difficult it can be to keep cool especially when we have day after day of 40 degree temperatures. So here are a few reminders of how to keep cool during summer.
1. Wear loose fitting cotton clothing preferably in a pale colour.
2. Stay in the shade if you are outdoors. Wear a hat or cap and don't forget the sunscreen.
3. Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated, suck on ice chips.
4. Stay indoors in the air conditioning if you can. Use a personal electric fan as it will help to circulate the air.
5. Keep the curtains and blinds drawn to keep the heat out and cool the house down.
6. Take frequent cool baths or showers. Get some rest if you can.
7. Eat lighter, cooler, summer foods – salads or something that you don't have to cook. Have a BBQ, drink cold drinks, snack on fruit and eat ice cream.
8. Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge and use it for a quick refreshing spritz to cool you down.
9. If you don't have air conditioning, go somewhere that does. Go to the movies, the library, the shopping mall or even visit a friend.
10. Use an ice pack to cool yourself down. Try putting it on your forehead or the back of your neck.
Remember to keep an eye on young children, the elderly and pets during the hot weather, they want to be cool too and are just as susceptible to dehydration or heat related illness. Remember to keep these things in mind and have a great summer.