Help others to stay safe in hot weather
Bright, hot summer days are what many of us look forward to for the rest of the year – especially in cold, wet England! However, while we’re enjoying the balmy days of summer, we shouldn’t forget that the temperature can get too high, that it can become uncomfortably hot, and for some, it can become dangerously hot.
The evidence about the risks to health from heatwaves is extensive and consistent from around the world. Excessive exposure to high temperatures can kill and those at highest risk include older people (especially those over 75), babies and young children and vulnerable adults (especially those with underlying health conditions).
During the summer months, especially if a heatwave hits, you can help others stay safe by passing on a few simple messages:
- Try to stay out of the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Drink cold drinks regularly. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine or drinks high in sugar.
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. Open windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies (e.g. food, water and any medications).
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx