Extreme heat

Extreme heat can make everyday activities uncomfortable. It can also be a threat to your health. Find out what you can do to stay safe in your home:

  • Curtains and blinds

    Have you shut your curtains?

    Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective curtains outside the windows.

    Remove and replace any metallic blinds and dark curtains as these can make the room hotter. Use light-coloured curtains instead.

    Keep curtains closed during the day when the temperature is highest.

  • Windows

    Have you closed your windows during the day?

    Closing your windows when the day is at its hottest will keep the house cool.

    When it gets cooler in the evening, open your windows to cool your home naturally. Just make sure you lock up overnight.

  • Doors

    Can you close off cooler parts of your house?

    If you’re using a fan or you have a naturally cooler part of the house, close off unused rooms. This will keep the house cooler for longer.

    Opening your doors in the evening will get the air flowing and stop your home feeling stuffy.

  • Cool yourself down

    Are you keeping yourself as cool as you can?

    Wear loose, light clothing made of natural fibres like cotton and linen.

    Use an icepack, chilled hot water bottle or cold cloth on your wrists and feet for an instant cold hit. 

    Have plenty of cold drinks, avoid alcohol,
    caffeine and hot drinks.

    Have cool showers or baths.

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