The National Health Service in England has issued a report detailing what seniors can do to stay safe in blistering summer temperatures. While the advice was compiled for English seniors, it’s just as relevant here too. A local news station published an article called NHS advises older people to close the curtains to keep cool this Summer with the highlights from the article.
David Wilkes writes, “A 46-page document issued by NHS England and Public Health England gives advice for what older people should do during hot weather. It’s not exactly the most practical advice for older folk who need to keep cool in a heatwave. Health chiefs have suggested they paint their houses white to stop them falling ill when temperatures soar. Making use of ‘pale, reflective external paints’ which don’t absorb the sun’s rays is among several ‘longer-term’ measures homeowners are advised to consider.
Another suggestion that requires considerably less exertion (and basic common sense) is that householders should close their curtains when the sun is out. And the 46-page document issued by NHS England and Public Health England warns that metal blinds and dark curtains can absorb heat. The advice states: ‘Consider replacing or putting reflective material in between them and the window space.’
Should you dare to leave your home in very hot weather, the advice is to ‘keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm’ and to ‘walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf’. It also suggests you could ‘keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck’ and recommends having ‘plenty of cold drinks’, avoiding excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks, and eating ‘cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content’. The document, which aims to prevent seasonal deaths and prepare officials for heatwaves, says temperatures need only to rise to 24.5C for people to start dying from the heat. It was published in May 2015 but healthcare professionals and the public are being reminded to take note of its advice again as this summer approaches.”
Half Price Drapes agrees that investing in quality, light-colored window coverings – and keeping them closed to during the hottest times of the day – are an important part of avoiding heat-related issues. We have a wide selection of cotton and linen curtains that fit the bill perfectly.