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How to Stay Cool and Out of the Heatwave this Summer

Children drinking water from an outdoor drinking fountain

Children drinking water from an outdoor drinking fountain

Summer: a much celebrated season that encourages outdoor activities and much needed breaks. It’s a time for great joy, but also presents its own set of challenges, with heat being one of them. On the 30th of July, the Met Office issued a level 2 alert in preparation of a heatwave that could possibly increase heat related admissions across the UK as temperatures sour up to 35°C.

As you can see, though summer plays nice sometimes, it doesn’t play fair. This is why you need to be on your guard for the next couple of days. In other words, avoid becoming a victim of the heatwave, which can cause a number of issues including fainting and even death. Those who are at most risk are the elderly, children and pregnant women. However, even a healthy / less vulnerable individual can succumb to the wave of heat, so here are some tips we recommend you should follow.

Have a cold bottle of water with you everywhere you go

We can’t reiterate enough how much staying hydrated is essential on average days, but we think the next few days this message will have to be part and parcel of your activities. Whether you’re walking to the store, to a colleague’s desk, or just lying in the shade, always have cold water with you. Avoid alcohol, coffee or even sugary drinks. Drink as much fluids as possible, but not too much though.

If you find someone who might look flustered by the heat, offer them a sip of water. So as you can see, having a bottle of water with you can also come handy for others. So please, keep one with you wherever you go.

Contact your supplier if your water dispenser is not functioning

If your water dispenser is not functioning, please contact your water cooler company immediately. The importance of having a dispenser that releases cold water is even more in times of heatwaves. Always check to see if it is functioning or on at the switch.

Stay away from direct sunlight

We know just how much you love the outdoors, but heatwaves aren’t to be taken lightly. They have the potential to become harmful to your body within minutes of exposure, even if you’re young and don’t have prior health conditions. Try to avoid direct sunlight at all times. Walk in shady spaces, and even stay indoors with the windows closed if you can.

Loosen your tie and any tight clothing

Avoid tight, insulating clothing if you can. We know that your new blazer has all the bells and whistles to have the office talking, but if it’s not necessary to wear potentially heat retaining clothing, avoid it at all costs. Loosen your tie and any particular clothing that might cut off circulation and stop heat from leaving your body.

Have ice at hand

No, seriously, have ice at hand. Yes, as in your hands and more specifically pulse points. You can wrap fabric around the ice and place the ice on parts of your body. These include your wrists, elbows, inner thighs and knees. Just remember to try not make it awkward if you’re at the office.

Switch off appliances that aren’t being used

Reduce your carbon footprint and save yourself the burden of heat by switching off any appliance you’re not using.

Breathe easy

Breathing can keep you very cool, so monitor your patterns. Deeper, slower breaths through the mouth not only ease stress, but also cool you down. So less stress and heat are what you can look forward to by breathing easy.

Don’t get worked up

Heat and anger go very well together. And when we say the go along together, we mean both can help surge your body temperature. Avoid any stressful activity that might heighten your emotions, as this will also contribute to how hot you feel. If you think you’re about to get into confrontation with a colleague, walk away and carry out the step we mentioned just above this last point.

Remember everyone, keep cool!

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