As the whole of the UK is experiencing a heatwave these next few days, with some places having severe weather warnings, it is vital to stay safe and prioritise your health. Here are some of our top tips to stay safe during the hot weather!

1. Stay hydrated – Drinking water throughout the day to ensure you remain hydrated is essential in keeping fluids in your body. It is also advised to stay clear of drinking alcohol during the heatwave as this can dehydrate you even more!

2. Avoid the sun between 11am – 3pm – One of the key public health messages is to avoid the sun between these hours of the day as the sun is at its strongest point. Either finding shade or staying inside is strongly advised to avoid overheating. 

3. Look out for those around you – Whilst the heatwave can affect everyone there are groups which are more vulnerable, such as children and elderly individuals. Please look out for others and help when necessary. 

4. Keep your home cool – As staying inside is advised, it is important to keep your home cool. Drawing curtains and turning off lightbulbs are simple actions which can help keep rooms cooler during peak temperatures. If your curtains fail to keep the room cool, you can always buy an emergency foil blanket, cut it to size and then stick to your windows.

5. Keep your pets shaded – Throughout the day keep your pets out of the sun and in shady or air conditioned areas. Remember do not feed your dogs ice cubes as this can make them very sick. Instead try applying ice packs or cold towels to their head and neck. 

6. Stay cool during the night – One tip to get a goodnight sleep during the heatwave is to cool your pyjamas before bed, ditch the duvet and sleep with a sheet and place a cold damp flannel on your forehead. 

7. Stay downstairs – Due to hot air rising, the upper stories of your home will be a lot hotter than downstairs. If possible it is recommended to stay downstairs in colder spaces.

8. When to open your windows? – Opening your windows during the peak heat of the day is actually counterproductive as this will make your home hotter. Instead, open your windows during the morning and evening, when temperatures are cooler. 

9. Keep your feet and head cool – Dipping your feet into an ice cold bucket is a great way of cooling down your body temperature. 

10. If you do go into the sun remember to… – Apply sun cream, walk in the shade where possible and wear light clothing with a hat!

Signs of a heatstroke:

Reminder that signs of heatstroke are:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cramps in arms/legs/stomach
  • Fast breathing or pulse
  • A high temperature (above 38C)
  • Extreme thirst
 

If you do begin to feel these symptoms then please get in contact with emergency services (111 or 999). 

 

About Propflo: Propflo is a property transaction transparency and decision support platform powered by machine learning (a form of artificial intelligence). It was founded by successful proptech entrepreneur Luke Loveridge and geospatial and risk data scientist Dr Daniel Moyo. The business has a strong advisory team including the CEO of Yopa and ex-Purplebricks MD, Verona Frankish, and Dr Mike Tipping – a world-leading AI expert. Its lead investor, Ying Tan, is also an industry expert having built and sold one of the largest specialist mortgage brokers in the country.

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