Five golden rules to protect yourself from the heat


The thermometer is climbing and could reach 40 degrees in Occitanie this week.

Some common sense rules will protect you from sunstroke, sunburn, hyperthermia, dehydration, or heat stroke. They can have serious consequences. To avoid or limit them, just adopt the right behaviour and follow some prevention tips.

If you are exceptionally thirsty, you feel tired, your skin is hot and dry, you have difficulty expressing yourself, you have headaches, or you feel dizzy, be careful because a heat stroke might not be far away.

One – drink lots of water.

It’s common sense, but sometimes the sensation of thirst is slow in coming. Hydration is essential. The ideal is to drink water regularly in small quantities even if you are not thirsty. Drink water at room temperature, because cold water raises the temperature of the body. The consumption of alcohol is strongly discouraged.

Two – lower your body temperature

The goal is to lower your body temperature. The use of a wet cloth, a fan, or a cool shower are the easiest ways to do this. If you’re outside, find some shade. At home, closing shutters and blinds helps to keep the heat outside. Avoid staying in a parked car or in an unventilated room.

Three – Choose foods with a high water content

France 3 reminds us that this is not the time to eat a cassoulet. Adapt your diet by focusing on fruits and vegetables. Despite a decrease in appetite, it is important to continue eating in reasonable quantities.  See our article about water-rich foods.

Four – Avoid going out or exposing yourself to unnecessary heat

Athletes or keep fit fanatics should change their training program or at least plan an outside session before 11am or after 9pm. Wear a wet cap outside.

Five – Wear light clothes and do not forget your sunscreen

Loose cotton or linen clothes are good to wear. Don’t go outside without protecting the parts of your body which are exposed to the sun.

Stay cool, and keep an eye on fragile people around you!