Keeping cool this summer

As temperatures around New Zealand are forecast to get even hotter, keeping your cool is imperative.

The Ministry of Health has some advice for people wishing to avoid the heat, stay cool and stay healthy.

Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated with a regular intake of fluid. Try adding a slice of lemon, lime or mint to a jug of water in the fridge.

Cut down on alcohol. Water is the best form of fluid, alcohol can dehydrate you more in this hot weather.

Eat frozen snacks. Try eating frozen banana or other fruit as a cool snack.

Stay out of the sun. Find shade outside wherever possible and stay indoors when you can.

Staying cool. Exercise or do outdoor activities early in the morning or later in the evening if possible.

Look out for your neighbours. Keep a close eye on neighbours, especially the elderly, to check they’re okay. Remember, children, older people or those with heath concerns may find it more difficult to cope with the heat.

Don’t leave children unattended in parked cars. This is especially important on hot days.

Keep your house cool. Open windows and create a cross breeze or turn on the air conditioning.

Practice being sunsmart. If you have to be outside, remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap.

  • Slip on a shirt/top with long sleeves and a collar
  • Slip into the shade
  • Slop on sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, broad spectrum and water resistant, and apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours
  • Slap on a wide brimmed hat
  • Wrap on close fitting sunglasses.

Keep your children cool. As the new school year begins, it’s important to keep your children safe – equip them with a water bottle, appropriate clothing, sunblock and a hat. Perhaps even add a chiller pad to their lunch to keep it cooler for longer.

Look after your pets. Keep them safe, hydrated and cool.

Don’t forget Healthline too. Free health advice from trained registered nurses – 0800 611 116.

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