How to keep yourself healthy when the temperature begins to rise

  • Keep your home cool
  • Aim to keep your living space cool. Ideally, the room temperature should be kept below 32 °C during the day and 24 °C during the night. This is especially important for infants or people who are over 60 years of age or have chronic health conditions.
  • Reduce the heat load inside the apartment or house. Close windows and shutters (if available) especially those facing the sun during the day. Turn off artificial lighting and as many electrical devices as possible.
  • Hang shades, draperies, awnings or louvers on windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Hang wet towels to cool down the room air. Note that the humidity of the air increases at the same time.
  • If your residence is air conditioned, close the doors and windows and conserve electricity not needed to keep you cool.
  • It is important to drink fluids.
  • Keep out of the heat.
  • Avoid going outside during the hottest time of the day.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity if you can. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4am and 7am.
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Do not leave children or animals in parked vehicles.
  • Keep the body cool and hydrated.
  • Take cool showers or baths. Alternatives include cold packs and wraps, towels, sponging, foot baths, etc.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothes of natural materials. If you go outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat or cap and sunglasses.
  • Use light bed linen and sheets, and no cushions, to avoid heat accumulation.
  • Drink regularly, but avoid too much caffeine and sugar.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein.

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