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Staying Safe in the Sun

July, 2015 mad

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun

Whilst the lyrics were written by Noel Coward and first performed in 1931, the lyrics are still very apt for this warm weather spell, here’s some tips for staying safe in the midday sun.

Avoid the hottest time – Temperatures reach their peak during 11am and 3pm, however this can vary. If you do need to go out make sure you aren’t out for lengthy periods and find shade when you can.

Hydration – You might not feel thirsty but drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost through sweat.

Pick a spot – Reside in the coolest area of your house, keeping curtains and blinds closed prevents the sun heating up rooms, so close these as the sun moves around the house.

Light clothes – Loose, light clothes will allow your body to breathe, linen or cotton are ideal textures.

Cool down – cool showers and baths will regulate your temperature, also placing a cold flannel on your wrists, neck and inner elbows will help cool you down.

Caps and hats – wearing a cap or hat will help keep your face in the shade and prevent the sun beating down on your head

Windows – only if it is safe, leave windows at night to reduce room temperature

Electricals – turn off your non-essential lights and electrical items, these are just adding more heat to the room.

Mirrors – be careful of mirrors that are in contact with the sun, these can reflect the heat onto items which can catch fire.

Medication – coping with temperatures can also be affected by medication. Medication that affects blood pressure will mean the body has to work harder to keep cool.

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