Yuck, we are about to experience days with temperatures over 40 degrees! During such hot weather, there are some standard things you should do:
- Stay inside with air conditioning
- Make sure you, your kids and pets drink plenty of water
- Avoid strenuous physical activity, alcohol, hot or sugary drinks
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
- Put water out in shady areas for wildlife
- Don’t leave kids or pets in parked cars
- Check on elderly neighbours and relatives
- Review your bushfire survival plan
10 Hacks and Tips for Keeping Your Family Cool
Here are 10 other things to do to really help keep your family cool, thanks to our fab Parramatta District Mums online community. But first here’s one hot tip – head east to the city/ coast if you can. Temperatures can be up to 10 degrees cooler there compared with Parramatta!
Go for a swim at a local pool, splash at a water playground, head to the beach or jump in the bath tub – but no hoses on in the backyard with the water restrictions! Wet is wet and will instantly cool everyone down.
2Water Spray Bottle
Keep water spray bottles handy and let the kids spray themselves and each other to cool down. They are best filled with cool water or stored in the fridge.
3Play with Ice
Get out some ice cubes, along with some tongs, cups, spoons and spray bottles, and let the kids have fun moving the ice around and melting it. You can also add some froze peas or berries for a bit of colour. Then there is a frozen toy treasure hunt and ice eggs that you can do with the kids.
There are lots of options here. Store bought ice creams and ice blocks are a good start or you can easily make your own frozen yoghurt, fruit popsicles and pretty popsicles. Then you can also freeze pineapple rings or mango cheeks for a great cold treat.
5Close Your Blinds/ Curtains
Keep curtains and blinds closed during the day to block the heat and direct sunlight. It may also be worthwhile to stick up some extra curtains.
6Wear a Frozen Wet Cloth
There’s debate about where its best to wear a frozen wet cloth – back of the neck, cheeks, feet, behind the knees or wrists. But they all seem to work for me! And bubs will love sucking on them, particularly if they are teething.
7Freeze Water Bottles
Take a frozen water bottle with you when you go outside. The ice will quickly melt and you will get to enjoy ice cold water.
8Place a Bowl of Ice in Front of a Fan
Just add some ice and water to a bowl and place in front of a fan for a cool breeze.
Eat cold food (eg cold meats and salad), reheat pre-prepared meals or get take away.
10Avoid Using Certain Appliances and Lights
Halogen lights, dishwashers, cooking appliances and dryers all produce heat. Avoid using them during the hottest part of the day.