Staying Cool When It’s Hot, Hot, Hot!
It’s a scorcher out there again today with temperatures in
the high 20’s C - especially in the
South and West of the UK - as this early summer heatwave continues.
Staying as cool and comfortable as possible is essential for everyone, and can sometimes be a challenge when you’re disabled.
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
- If you're worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority.
- Environmental health workers can visit a home to inspect it for hazards to health, including excess heat. Visit GOV.UK to find your local authority.
What are your tips for keeping cool in the hot summer sun?
Does your disability create any special heat-related challenges? (Slippery crutch handles and sweat getting in my eyes when I walk, come to mind for me. Wearing a baseball cap, sun hat, or even sweatband really helps me, as does carrying a handkerchief to dry my hands.)
And what are your tips and tricks for dealing with them?
Please leave us your thoughts and advice for beating the heat, below.