We often embrace the heat heat and get our summer attire at the ready, but we should also be aware of a few things. Therefore we have put together some top tips for dealing with the coming heatwave
Top tips for managing the heatwave
- keep a look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk when the weather is warmer
- stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
- close curtains in rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than in
- if you’re going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately and apply sunscreen regularly
- drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol consumption
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- try to keep out of the sun between the times of 11am to 3pm
- walk in the shade, and wear a sun hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- avoid exercising during the hottest parts of the day
- make sure you take some water with you, if you are travelling or exercising
- if you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice
For more information visit GOV.UK: Heatwave Plan for England.
If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that’s affecting your health or someone else’s, get medical advice.
You can also get help from the environmental health office at your local authority. They can inspect a home for hazards to health, including excess heat.