As you are fully aware we are currently enjoying some exceptionally hot weather this summer. At Avant, we would like to take this opportunity to ensure our customers and care workers who are out and about delivering care to residents are taking precautions to ensure they are staying safe this summer.
Follow some of our useful tips to help you stay safe this summer.
During hot temperatures
- Drink plenty of fluids, but not alcohol, which dehydrates the body.
- Try to eat as you normally would. Not eating properly may exacerbate health-related problems.
- Taking cool showers or baths and/or sprinkle yourself several times a day with cold water can help keep you cool.
- Keep your house cool, closing blinds or curtains can help.
- At night, keep your sleeping area well ventilated. Night cooling is important as it allows the body to recuperate.
- Avoid too much exercise, which can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and can even be fatal. Watch for signs of heat stress – an early sign is fatigue.
- If driving, keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. Take plenty of water with you and have regular rest breaks.
- If you have vulnerable neighbours who may be at risk during a heatwave, try to visit them daily.
Before going out in the sun
- If you go out, wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing, high factor sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check you have appropriate sun cream for your particular type of skin. Reapply at regular intervals during the day
- Avoid being in the sun for long stretches. Use shady areas for a break when you can.
- Be aware of the UV index (the strength of the sun) can be high at many times of the year – it doesn’t have to be hot. The UV index can be strong through cloud even when the sun isn’t directly shining.
Know the signs of dehydration
- Feeling thirsty
- Feeling dizzy ,lightheaded or tired
- Dry mouth, lips and eyes
- Dark yellow and strong-smelling urine
- Urinating less than 4 times a day
Please ensure that whether you are enjoying the sun or delivering care to residents that you stay safe this summer.