Staying safe during a heatwave

16 Jul 2021

Whilst some people look forward to what summer brings, lots if sunshine and lovely days. For others such as older, younger or those with health concerns the heat can cause problems whilst at home or out and about.

Visit the NHS Summer health page or the Met Office heat health page for more information about how to enjoy the sunshine without feeling unwell

How to keep cool

Follow some of these tips to make sure you keep cool and stay safe during the heatwave

At home

If possible, make sure you have stocked up on food and drink before the hot weather arrives so you don’t need to go out in the day

Stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day (Typically between 11am and 3pm)

Keep rooms in the house as cool as possible by closing blinds and curtains to keep the sun out and only open windows when it is cool enough outside to do so

If possible move into cooler rooms, especially for sleeping

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water lower far milks, tea and coffee are good options.

When out and about

Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear airy, light clothing

Wear light colored clothing

Use high factor sun cream if your likely to be exposed to direct sunlight

Where possible stay in the shade

Take a bottle of water with you

If you use a wheelchair take an umbrella or sunshade to protect from exposure to direct sunlight

If you can try to make journeys outside from shopping, gardening or walking the dog in the evenings when its cooler.

Stay Hydrated  

If you have difficulty moving around you may avoid getting a drink, so make sure you ask someone to place plenty of water or soft drinks within reach

Water doesn’t have to come from a glass or bottle, lots of foods including fruits and salad contain water to help you stay hydrated

Offer people a drink, don’t wait to be asked

Make drinks exciting

Fill a bottle of water and carry it with you


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