GoodOaks News | 26 June 2024

Stay safe in the heat: 10 essential tips from GoodOaks Homecare

Stay safe during the heatwave with GoodOaks Homecare's tips: stay hydrated, wear loose clothing, use fans effectively, keep pets cool and avoid the sun during peak hours. Download our free hydration and nutrition guide for more info.
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Stay hydrated

The MET Office has issued a yellow heat health alert across most of England, with temperatures expected to soar up to 31C. This alert remains in place until Thursday evening. 

At GoodOaks Homecare, we care deeply about your well-being during these extreme weather conditions. Here are some essential tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe and comfortable during the heatwave:

  • Download Our FREE Hydration and Nutrition Guide

Stay hydrated and nourished with our comprehensive guide. Download it here.

  • Check on neighbours

Authorities recommend checking on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. A simple visit can make a significant difference.

  • Bedtime tips

To stay cool at night opt for thin cotton sheets, which absorb sweat and are more comfortable.

  • Cool baths and showers

Taking cool baths or showers can help lower your body temperature. The NHS also suggests avoiding alcohol, tea and coffee, as they act as diuretics and can cause dehydration.

  • Wear loose clothing

Throughout the day, wear loose, cool clothing, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.

  • Use fans effectively

Fans can help regulate your body temperature. For an extra cooling effect, place a pan of ice cubes in front of the fan to circulate cooler air.

  • Close windows during peak heat

Keep windows closed and draw the blinds during the hottest parts of the day to keep rooms cooler.

  • Sleep on lower floors

Since heat rises, sleeping on the lower floor of your home can help you stay cooler at night.

  • Plan outdoor activities

If you plan to spend time outside, ensure you have plenty of food, water and any necessary medications. Avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day, typically between 11 am and 3 pm. Always wear sun cream with at least SPF15 and UVA protection.

  • Keep pets cool

Pets need extra care during a heatwave. Never leave them in a car, and keep them in shaded or air-conditioned areas. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest to help them stay cool.

Heat

Why is a heatwave a problem?

According to the NHS, the main risks are: 

  • Dehydration
  • Overheating
  • Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

Also, they confirmed that the most vulnerable people to suffer from this heat wave will be: 

  • Seniors – especially females over 75.
  • Those living on their own.
  • People with serious and long term illness including heart, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
  • People who are on multiple medicines.

Heatwaves can be challenging, but with these tips, you can stay safe and comfortable. At GoodOaks Homecare, we’re dedicated to supporting our clients and community. 

For more information about our guides, visit this link or contact your closest GoodOaks Homecare branch.