Beat The Heat: Essential Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy During Hot Weather

As temperatures rise, it’s crucial to arm yourself with knowledge on how to stay safe and healthy in hot weather.

 In our blog, “Beat The Heat: Essential Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy During Hot Weather,” we’ll explore key strategies to help you navigate scorching days with ease.

From staying hydrated to protecting your skin and recognising signs of heat-related illnesses, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re planning outdoor activities or simply trying to stay cool indoors, our tips will ensure you beat the heat effectively. 

Girl sitting in front of a fan tired


Hydration is one of the most important steps when you are trying to beat the heat this summer. 

While this might sound obvious to some of you, a lot of people do not hydrate as much as they should and this can be quite dangerous during the summer time. 

Aim to drink around 6-8 glasses of water each day. You can also have refreshing fruits like watermelon to help you stay hydrated.

If you find plain water boring (surprisingly this is common), then you can add fresh fruits like lemon and strawberry to add flavour to your drink. 

You can even buy water bottles with clear measurements or time limits so it motivates you to keep on track with your water drinking goals.

Regardless of how you do it, be sure to hydrate as much as possible throughout the day so the heat doesn’t drain your energy. 

Girl drinking water

Sun Protection 

While everyone loves a good tan, we highly recommend you use sun protection regardless of if you’re indoors or outdoors.

While it might seem useless to use it when you are home, the sun’s rays even through the windows can be really harmful to your skin in the long run. 

Try to find a sunscreen with SPF 30+ and aim to reapply it every 2 hours. Even if it seems tedious, your skill will thank you for this.

Read this blog on Affordable Sunscreens to find good options at great prices.

Person applying spf

Light Clothing

It is important for you to dress as lightly as possible during the summer. 

Be sure to wear breathable fabrics like cotton and linen to avoid your clothes feeling suffocating after a long day.

If you currently don’t own clothes in these materials, then you can check out your local charity shop to find good quality lightweight clothes to help you beat the heat and keep you cool throughout the summer. 

Also, make sure that the clothing you wear is light coloured to reflect the heat from the sun.

Bunch of clothes stacked

Cold Showers

There are several ways you can cool yourself down if you feel the heat getting to you when you are indoors.

The best way to beat the heat is by taking a cold shower.

The water will keep you feeling fresh for a good amount of time even after you are done. So do not underestimate the power of a cold shower on a hot day!


Fans and Air Coolers

Since the houses in the UK are built to trap heat, you might find it quite suffocating especially when the temperature rises. 

We recommend you invest in a good quality fan or air cooler to help keep your student accommodation nice and cool.

You will be able to find plenty of options for fans and air coolers for under £30. Be sure to check our multiple shops so you can get the best deal. 

Girl sitting in front of a fan and drinking water

Avoid Outdoor Activities

If there is a heatwave warning or if the temperature has been increasing significantly, we recommend that you avoid being outdoors unless necessary. 

Staying outdoors can increase the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, so be sure to be mindful of the time you spend outside. 

Try finishing up your weekly shopping and other necessities ahead of time, so that you can stay indoors during the hottest days. 

If it is absolutely necessary for you to be outdoors, be sure to wear light clothing, hydrate well and look for the shade as much as you can. 

Girl tired in the sun

Heat Stroke Symptoms

It is good to be aware of the symptoms of a heat stroke so you can be aware and even help someone else if needed. 

According to the NHS, the following are some symptoms of a heatstroke that you need to be wary of.

  • tiredness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • feeling sick or being sick
  • excessive sweating and skin becoming pale and clammy or getting a heat rash,
  • cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • fast breathing or heartbeat
  • a high temperature

If someone shows these symptoms, then immediately move them to a shaded area, remove any unnecessary layer of clothing, cool their skin with cold water and hydrate them as soon as possible. 

Girl tired from the heat

Home Safety 

In order to keep your house cool, be sure to close your windows and use the blinds.

Use air coolers and fans efficiently and avoid prolonged use of ovens and stoves to prevent the temperature of the room from increasing.

Girl closing the blinds

As we conclude our blog on “Beat The Heat: Essential Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy During Hot Weather,” remember that prioritising your well-being is important during hot weather.

By staying hydrated, wearing appropriate clothing, and seeking shade when necessary, you can minimise the risks associated with high temperatures. Additionally, recognising the signs of heat-related illnesses and taking prompt action can prevent serious health complications. 

Whether you’re enjoying outdoor activities or simply going about your day, implementing these tips will help you stay safe and healthy in the heat. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay cool to make the most of the summer months ahead.

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If you are looking for student accommodation for the next year, you are in the right place. Visit our Homes for Students website and browse through a range of properties that cater to every need. 

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