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Stay Safe in the Sunshine

Ireland is in the middle of a mini heatwave and it is wonderful to wake up in the morning, feel the heat in the sun and be able to go out without wondering if you should bring a coat and an umbrella.  The Vitamin D from the sunshine is good for our health and the sunshine seems to be everyone in a good mood.

While the sunshine is fabulous, yesterday was very hot and it looks like the high temperatures will last into next week so do take some precautions against the heat as sunstroke or being burnt by the sun can be dangerous at worst and unpleasant at best.

9 Tips for older people to stay safe in the sunshine

Continue to enjoy the good weather by taking a few precautions:

1. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, even if it is a shady day.

2. Strong heat can affect those with asthma or heart problems so do be aware of the risks.

3. Stay out of the heat during the hottest part of the day, from 11am to 3pm.  Don’t sit outside in full sun.

4. Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your eyes, face and back of the neck from the sun.

5. Drink plenty of water. Signs of dehydration can include dizziness and a headache.

6. If your bedroom faces west or south west, ensure you pull the curtains during the afternoon to keep the room as cool as possible for your night’s sleep.

7. Ensure your clothing is loose fitting, light coloured and made of cotton.

8. Use a fan in the main living area.

9. If working in the garden, walking the dog or doing shopping, try to ensure you do them in the morning or evening when it is cooler.

Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. I’m sure we will be back to the Irish rain before long!  Hope you all have a lovely weekend, from everyone at Comfort Keepers.

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