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posted by: LIT First Aid on: July 21, 2021

Image via Andrey Grinkevich


Many parts of the world are experiencing unprecedented heat this summer. Cities ill-prepared for temperatures above 30 degrees recently experienced temperatures over 45 degrees Celsius. With the planet heating up at an alarming rate, heatwaves around the world are likely to return, even in places not accustomed to it. To prepare for the next heatwave, we’ve put together a few tips on how to stay cool.


Stay Hydrated 

The number one tip for staying cool during a heat wave? Hydration! Drink water and lots of it. While there isn’t a magical amount of water one should drink to avoid heat stroke or exhaustion, prepare to drink more water than you normally would. If you have access to it, sipping a sports drink such as Gatorade can also be useful, as these drinks contain electrolytes, something we lose as we sweat.


Eat Cooling Foods

During a heat wave, avoid hot foods like soup or salty foods that will dehydrate you. Instead, opt for cold, hydrating foods, like cucumber, melon, berries, leafy greens, or even popsicles or ice cream as a treat. 


Keep the Heat Out

Do everything in your power to keep the heat out. This means drawing curtains or closing blinds to shield yourself from the sun and turning on fans or air conditioning units if possible. You’ll also want to dress in loose, lightweight clothing and minimize physical activity. 


Sleep Soundly

Sleeping soundly during a heat wave is easier said than done. But to provide the best chances of a good night’s sleep, consider breathable, cotton sheets and pillowcases. You can also spray your sheets or pillowcase with a bit of cold water or place your pillowcase in a plastic bag in the freezer before you go to bed. You might even want to take a cold shower or bath before bedtime.


Stay safe this summer by following the advice above. This latest heat wave is likely not going to be the last, so do whatever you can to prepare yourself for the next one. Another way to better ensure your safety during a heat wave is to learn basic first aid. 


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