Staying safe and coping in hot weather
Weather forecasters are predicting a spell of very warm weather over the next few days.
While many people welcome some summer sun, it’s important to make sure that high temperatures – like we’ve experienced recently – do not harm you or anyone you know.
A heatwave can affect anyone, but some people are more vulnerable and at risk.
These include older people, babies and young children, and people with serious long-term conditions, particularly heart or breathing problems.
Please make sure that you, your family, friends and neighbours follow these top tips for staying safe and coping with the heat:
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm – the hottest part of the day
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Find somewhere cool – try and regulate the temperature in your house by opening windows, or shutting blinds to keep out sunlight
- Have cool baths or showers, or splash yourself with cool water
- If you do go out, wear sunscreen and re-apply regularly
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses
- Plan ahead to make sure you have all the medicines you need
Do check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during hot weather. You will need to do things differently this year: Keep in touch remotely over the phone or using video technology if you can. If this is not possible and you need to provide direct care to someone at risk from the hot weather, follow the guidance on providing care for others including:
- wash your hands when you arrive at the home of the person you care for and often thereafter, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements for their care
For more information on how to cope in hot weather, please visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave