Gran Canaria is due another heatwave, here are some tips for keeping cool and protecting yourself from the heat:
Drink more water, regardless of type of activity being carried out, and don't wait until you're thirsty. The elderly and chronically ill should take care to avoid dehydration.
In general, you should avoid drinking caffeinated beverages, alcoholic or anything too sugary.
For the most vulnerable, it is better to stay at home on the very hot days.
For the rest, don't stay out in the sun too long or sunbathe at times when the sun is more vertical (12pm – 4pm).
We must take the sun gradually and with caution (start with sessions of 15 to 20 minutes and increase not to exceed two hours exposure).
It is always advisable to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
Children under three years should not sunbathe.
Use air conditioning sparingly at a temperature of approximately 24 degrees.
If, despite these preventive measures you have symptoms of heat illness, it is recommended to cool off with a sponge or wet towels, a bath if you're not dizzy, drink nonalcoholic, cold liquids and if symptoms do not subside, seek a doctor as soon as possible.
It is important to reduce physical activity and exercise outdoors when the heat is excessive, and protect yourself with a hat and wear comfortable clothes if you finally have to leave home.