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Top tips to cope with the summer heatwave

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Top tips to cope with the summer heatwave

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Top tips to cope with the heatwave from Carmarthenshire Council . .

Take care of yourself, and others around you…

Look out for others

  • Keep an eye out for people who are more vulnerable to the heat – older people in particular can suffer.
  • Call round to family, friends and neighbours to make sure they are okay. Offer to help – maybe even just popping to the shops on their behalf. Ask them if they need extra support

Keep cool

  • Take regular cool showers or baths
  • Drink regularly, but avoid drinks containing caffeine, sugary drinks such as cola, and alcohol – water or fruit juice is best
  • Eat more cold foods, such as salads, which contain water
  • Reduce levels of physical exertion
  • Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing
  • Always wear a high-protection sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sunhat when outdoors

At home

  • Keep out the heat by keeping curtains and blinds closed throughout the day
  • Once the temperature has cooled outside, open windows to let in fresh air, but close them at night
  • Spray the ground outside windows with water to cool the air, but take care not to create a slip hazard

Symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion include:

  • Drowsiness, faintness, or changes in behaviour
  • Increased body temperature
  • Difficulty breathing and increased heart rate
  • Dehydration, nausea or vomiting
  • Worsening health problems, especially of heart or respiratory system

If you suspect someone has heatstroke or heat exhaustion, get help and then:

  • Take their temperature
  • If possible, move them somewhere cooler
  • Cool them down quickly by sprinkling them with water, or wrapping them in a damp sheet; use a fan
  • Encourage them to drink fluids

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