Summer is here at long last, and barbecues, lounge chairs and parasols have found their way back into our gardens! To take full advantage of the warm weather and the summer sun, your best bets are sunglasses, sunscreen, plenty of water to drink and eating light. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the heat, so be sure to watch over them carefully. And don't forget your pets! They too can suffer from dehydration. Here are some recommendations to help you have a happy, healthy and safe summer.
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Updated on 27/08/2021
Survival tips for hot weather
Recommendations for a happy, healthy and safe summer
Keywords : Heatwave
Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat: precious allies to protect you from the sun's rays
While the sun is beneficial in that it enables the body to synthesise vitamin D, it can also have harmful short-term effects such as sunburn, as well as serious long-term effects (it is a risk factor in the development of skin cancers).
So protect yourself by avoiding sun exposure between noon and 4 pm. When outside, we recommend wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and applying sunscreen hourly.
Modify your eating habits
Sun and hot weather increase the risk of dehydration. For this reason, it is recommended that you drink often, without waiting until you become thirsty. You can vary your liquid intake by drinking flavoured mineral water, adding a few drops of lemon juice to your water, drinking iced tea or eating chilled soups. However, you should limit your consumption of products containing alcohol, caffeine or sugar. Instead, choose foods with a high water content (watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, sorbet, yoghurt, etc.).
Monitor children carefully: never leave them in hot or sunny areas, especially in closed spaces (a car, garden shed, etc.). Have them drink regularly, without waiting for them to express thirst - at least once every hour during the day as well as when they wake up during the night. If they are old enough to eat a diversified diet, provide them with water-rich foods (fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit compotes, dairy products, etc.).
The elderly also require special attention. It is recommended that elderly people drink the equivalent of at least 8 glasses of water a day (800 mL), the ideal amount being 13-14 glasses a day.
Outdoor work and sporting activities
If you work or practice a sport outdoors, you are especially vulnerable to dehydration when the outside temperatures are high. Make sure your get enough water and minerals to compensate for fluid loss through perspiration and protect yourself from the heat as much as possible.
Be careful not to break the cold chain
Storing food at cold temperatures slows the growth of micro-organisms while preserving its nutritional value and taste. Yet the effectiveness of the cold chain is not dependent on the refrigerator's temperature alone. It is also important to maintain a constant cold temperature.
When hot weather arrives, be especially vigilant when transporting foodstuffs from the place of purchase up through consumption. Recommendations include: purchasing the most perishable products and frozen foods last when shopping, using insulated cooler bags for transport, monitoring the temperature of your refrigerator, complying with use-by dates, etc.
Activities to stay cool
When the weather is hot, you should modify your activities and those of your children. When possible, visit naturally cool or air-conditioned spaces: shopping centres, cinemas, basements, museums, historical monuments, etc.
Advice for staying cool at homeTo keep your home cool, close shutters and blinds during the hottest hours of the day, and air your home at night.
Avoid using electrical devices (lamps, halogens, TVs, computers, etc.) in order to reduce additional sources of indoor heat.
Don’t neglect your furry friends
Pets also suffer from the heat. To reduce the risk of dehydration, make sure your animals always have enough fresh water to drink and shelter from the sun, and never leave them in a parked car.
Veterinary medicinal products should be stored in a cool place and vaccines should be kept in the refrigerator.