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Here’s how to stay cool and safe in a heatwave

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As many parts of Britain enjoy a heatwave, it’s important to make it both safe and bearable.

Here are some top tips on how to cope in the heat.

1) Don’t be tempted to open windows


During the hottest times, keep your windows and blinds or curtains closed. This stops the sun shining through and keeps your house nice and cool.

2) Ditch the Duvet


Sleepless nights are not fun. Ditch the duvet and sleep with a sheet instead.

3) Eat and drink (but not beer)


Drink lots of cool non-alcoholic drinks and food with high-water content, such as fruit and salads.

4) Avoid peak heat


Don’t go out between 11am and 3pm – this is when it is hottest. This is especially important if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.

5) Let there be light… colours


Using light-coloured curtains is more effective at keeping a room cool than using dark ones. Metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter.

6) Plan, plan, plan!


If you’re setting off on a long journey, make sure you have enough food, water and any medications you need. It’s important to plan for any event in which you may become stranded on the road or on public transport.

7) Let loose


Wear baggy, cool clothing. Put on a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors to protect yourself.

8) Look after your skin


Even if you’re not prone to burning, it’s important to protect yourself. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection. Don’t forget behind your ears!

9) Check on elderly neighbours


Older people are among those most likely to suffer in the heat, so if you have an elderly friend, relative or neighbour, check in on them to make sure they’re OK.

10) And finally…


Do not, under any circumstances, for any reason, ever leave your dog in the car. No matter how quick you think you’ll be. Dogs die in hot cars.