5 tips to keep your family cool and healthy this summer

With South Africa’s warm weather during the December holidays, make sure you keep your family cool and healthy with these tips.

We suffer heat-related illnesses when our bodies aren’t able to cool themselves down properly. When that happens, your body temperature will increase much quicker, possibly causing brain damage or negatively affecting other vital organs.

Heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable. Follow these tips from Dettol to stay cool and healthy this summer:  

Don’t leave your kids in the car

A car’s temperature increases quickly and that’s why you should never ever leave anyone, especially children, in the car. Children are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses such heatstroke, which can be fatal.

ALSO SEE: Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion

Drink lots of water

Drinking plenty of cool water every day is important, and even more so when we’re experiencing hot weather. Although we’ve all heard that we need to drink eight glasses of water a day, rather focus on drinking water more regularly than waiting until you’re thirsty.

ALSO SEE: Signs and symptoms of dehydration

Take a cool shower or bath

Taking a cool shower or bath can be a better way to cool off when it’s hot and swimming doesn’t help as the pool water is too warm.

Stay indoors

If you want to venture out, then choose places that are air-conditioned, such as your local shopping mall, public library or museum.

Wear the right clothes

In the privacy of your own home, wear as little as possible. Wear loose-fitting clothes when you go out, as this will help to keep you cool.

ALSO SEE: 5 tips to help you stay cool when you’re pregnant

Sunscreen is your friend

Besides the pain and skin damage sunburn causes, it also affects your body’s ability to cool down and makes you lose body fluids. When you are outside, wear a protective hat and sunglasses and apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before you go out. Take the sunscreen with you, so you can reapply it.

ALSO SEE: Sun safety tips for the whole family


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