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Published on June 27th, 2018 | by Jasmine Evans

How to Stay Safe in a Heatwave

The heatwave has arrived and the majority of us have welcomed it with open arms. But it’s important to remember that hot weather can be dangerous too if proper precautions aren’t taken.

In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than any other weather-related illness. Up to 760 people in England died in the heatwave of 2013, according to an article by The Telegraph.

Heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of being seriously harmed, especially older people. This article will teach you how to stay safe during a heat wave and how to keep cool this #WellnessWednesday.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking cold drinks such as water or soft drinks can keep you hydrated in hot conditions. Here at the Post Office Shop, we have a huge range of Water Supplies all available with next working day delivery. The Mycafé 15 Litre Water Cooler Refill is designed for use with water dispensers and is perfect for use in a working environment.

To stay hydrated at work, the Harrogate Spa Still Bottled Spring Water is a great choice. A great way to keep colleagues hydrated in business meetings and conferences, these 750ml bottles of water come as a pack of 24.

For the economically friendly person, investing in a reusable water bottle is essential. It’s even better if it comes with its own filter. The Brita 600ml Vital Bottle allows you to experience daily hydration on the go and features a MicroDisc Technology filter to effectively reduce unwanted substances whilst still retaining great taste.

Keep Cool

If you’re spending the day at home, keep cool by closing blinds and curtains to keep the sun out. You can also keep cool by splashing yourself with water, or by investing in a high-quality fan. The 6 Inch Clip On Fan is compact and ideal for on-the-go use in summer.

For a stronger breeze at home or in the office, the 12 Inch Desk Fan is the ideal accessory for any hot and stuffy environment. With a two speed setting and positioning alteration, you can change the strength of the breeze and the angle it blows at to suit you.

Apply Sunscreen

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Whilst many of us will be taking this rare opportunity to top up our tans in our back gardens, it is important to always apply sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen will shield you from the sun’s harmful UV rays and will prevent the risks of premature aging and skin cancer. It will also stop you from getting burnt by the sun, which can be extremely painful in short term.

Eating and Exercise

It is important to be mindful of what you’re eat and drink during a heatwave, as certain foods and drinks can lead to dehydration.

Avoid alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks. These drinks can lead to dehydration which increases the risk of heat-related illness. Also avoid eating foods which are high in protein, as these can result in water loss. Filling yourself up with light foods like salads and fruits will not only reduce your risk of water loss but will replenish your body with important vitamins and minerals.

Check on Yourself and Others

In the event of a heat stroke, it’s crucial to recognise the warning signs. Symptoms such as dizziness, high temperature, red hot skin, nausea, vomiting and disorientation will need to be looked out for.

It is important to always monitor yourself and your temperature in the blast of a heatwave. High-risk people such as the elderly and babies will also need to be kept an eye on. Investing in a thermometer will help you to monitor the temperature of those that can’t physically express if they’re too hot.

As a nation of animal lovers, it is our responsibility to make sure our beloved pets are kept cool in the blistering heat too. Ensuring that our pets have plenty of water, shade, and are never left in a parked car will prevent the risk of heat illness and even death.

For more information on how to enjoy the British sunshine without feeling unwell, visit the NHS Heatwave page.

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