Keeping Cool, When It’s Not…
Keeping Yourself Cool…
Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light coloured clothing.
Fill a hot water bottle with cold water and ice; put into fridge or freezer to cool more.
Wrap yourself with wet/damp towels; especially around your neck.
Put bedsheets in the refrigerator or freezer. They’ll be cold when ready for bed.
Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages even before you feel thirsty.
Avoid outdoor activity during the hottest hours of the day (11:00-4:00).
Shelter from extreme heat. If you have to be outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.
Avoid tiring work or exercise in hot, humid environments. If you must work or exercise outside, drink 2 to 4 glasses of non-alcoholic fluids each hour. Take breaks from the heat in shaded environments.
Take a dip in a swimming pool, a lake or the ocean.
Spend time at a Cooling Centre or any public building with air conditioning.
Keeping Your House Cool…
Leave windows open at night and close early in the day.
Shut your curtains and blinds early in the day or use outdoor sun/solar shades in front of large windows. A darker room is a cooler room.
Turn off all electrical appliances that are not being used. They all emit heat.
Make your own air conditioner: fill a bowl with ice and place in front of an operating
Cover your sky lights or sky light ceiling openings with newspaper, aluminium foil,
whatever you have that can keep out the sunlight out so it doesn’t get a chance to
heat interior surfaces.
Try not to use your oven during the hottest part of the day.
Remember your pets get hot too…
Never leave an animal in a parked car. Cars heat up quickly.
Lay cool, damp towels over their back or use a cooling collar.
Ensure pets have access to cool water throughout the day
Keep your pets indoors as much as possible. If they are outside, limit excessive exercise and make sure they have access to shaded spaces to rest.