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.

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