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We started spring off on a scorcher of note and by the looks of it, we’re in for more hot weather in the coming days. In case you missed it, here are a few refreshing ways you can keep cool with incredible water infusion ideas. But, if you’re looking for other tips on keeping cool, we have you covered.

  • Never leave your children unattended in a hot car.
  • Avoid going outside during the hottest times of the day; from 11am to 2pm.
  • When possible avoid working outside in the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water. Sugary drinks and alcohol will only dehydrate you.
  • Wear loose-fitting and breathable clothing.
  • Apply sunscreen every one to two hours if you need to be outside.
  • Watch for regular weather updates.
  • Be sure to check in those who are more vulnerable including the elderly.

Tips to keep children cool

Children younger than the age of 4 stand a greater chance of developing heat-related illnesses. This is because they are far more active than adults. Young children will also not be able to identify the symptoms of illnesses related to heat.

  • Keep an eye on young children playing outside during heat waves.
  • Encourage children to do activities that can cool them down such as water balloon fights.
  • Dress children lightly.
  • Always ensure your children have sunscreen on before going outside.
  • Keep outside playtime to around 30 minutes at a time.
  • A cold bath before bedtime will work wonders.
  • Make use of a fan in your child’s bedroom.
  • Hydration is the key so make sure that your child drinks plenty of water.

Helping pets in hot weather

Your pet will not be able to tell you that they are getting too hot. So, it is important to make sure that you keep an eye out for warning signs of possible heat-related illness in your pets.

  • Make sure your pets have enough cool water available.
  • Ensure that your pet has a shady area to relax in on those hot summer days.
  • Never leave a pet in a hot car, even for a short time.
  • Exercises should be done during cooler times of the day such as mornings or evenings.
  • Make sure the road or pavement you walk your pets on is not too hot for their paws.
  • Place water in an ice-cream tub and freeze overnight. Add this to your pet’s water the next morning.
  • Apply a pet-friendly sunscreen to exposed areas such as noses and ears.
  • If you’re planning on driving with your pet, you’ll need to take more regular breaks.