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How can I stay safe in the heat?

How can I stay safe in the heat?

Across England, Friday 8th July saw the start of a run of days that will see consistently high temperatures in many regions.

Here's what you need to know about the effects of heat on the body and how to stay cool.

How can I stay safe in the heat?

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has some tips:

  • Stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun's rays are strongest
  • Keep in the shade, use sunscreen with a high SPF and UVA rating, and wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Avoid physical exercise in the hottest part of the day
  • Take water with you if you are travelling
  • Be aware of hidden dangers in rivers and open water if tempted to cool off.

How can I get a good night's sleep

Use thin sheets, cool your socks in the fridge before putting them on and stick to your usual bedtime routine, experts say.

What should I do if I see someone with heat exhaustion?

If they can be cooled down within half an hour, then heat exhaustion is not normally serious.

NHS advice says:

  • Move them to a cool place
  • Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly
  • Get them to drink plenty of water - sports or rehydration drinks are also okay
  • Cool their skin - spray or spong them with coool water and fan them. Cold packs around the armpits and neck are good too.
Daniel Marsh