A doctor has issued a warning to people about opening their windows in hot weather.
Although it’s great to have the sunshine, it’s safe to say we’re not always built for the heat in ways that other countries may be. We don’t tend to have things like air conditioning, so we often have to find other ways to keep ourselves cool.
A doctor, however, has warned that opening the windows in your home may not actually be the best option.
When it comes to overheating and health issues associated with it, This Morning’s resident doctor, Doctor Mark, has said opening the windows in your home can actually be counterproductive. He explains that the heat from outside can actually travel into your home, increasing the temperature instead of decreasing it.
Doctor Mark has said that opening your windows in hot weather could actually be counterproductive (via Getty)
The HSE states that problems associated with heatwaves include heat stress, heat exhaustion and heatstroke indoors, especially for sick or elderly people.
It has issued the following advice for keeping cool:
Minimise unnecessary heating – turn off central heating, electrical equipment and lights that are not needed
Keep out the heat – increase shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight
Use natural ventilation such as open windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside (e.g at night) and where it is safe and secure to do so
Increase air flow through buildings wherever possible
If you are using air conditioning, make sure it is using a fresh air supply, which is important to prevent spread of Covid-19.
It warns, however, “Electric fans need to be used with caution, as they may not be safe for higher temperatures and should not be used where a person may be incubating or a case of Covid-19.”
The HSE also highlighted the dangers of dehydration in a heatwave.
It says “Make sure you have enough water to drink. It is important to stay hydrated. You might like to leave to drinks in the fridge. An adult needs approximately 2 litres of liquid over 24 hours. This may be less for smaller people or those with medical conditions.”
It offers the following advice for staying hydrated:
Drink more fluids when you feel any dehydration symptoms. The best fluids to drink are water or oral rehydration sachets – chat to your pharmacist about how to use these safely.
Drink enough during the day so your pee is a pale clear colour.
Friday, July 23rd, 2021 8:53am
By Ellen Smith