10 cool tips to survive a heatwave

10 cool tips to survive a heatwave: Tips 6-10

6. Use the power of water to cool you down; frequent cool showers or splash yourself in water. Putting your feet in a cool bowl of water can really help too

7. Drink cool drinks of water, squash or diluted fruit juice frequently. Excess alcohol and caffeine are best avoided.

8. Stay out of the sun and especially avoid during the peak heat of the day (11am to 3pm).

9. If you have access to them, fans can provide some very welcome relief.

10. Check on neighbours, family and friends, especially if they are more vulnerable to the effects of heat

What are the signs that someone needs to seek medical attention?

If you, or someone you are with, start to experience breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, intense thirst or severe weakness, you must seek urgent medical advice. Take the person somewhere as cool as possible and give them something to drink whilst waiting for help to arrive. Above all, enjoy the heat if you are able to, but make sure you keep safe.

Dr Jennifer Kelly is a GP and founder of the Grace Kelly Ladybird Trust (for awareness and research into childhood cancers).


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