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Keeping cool in hot weather

Keeping cool in hot weather

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long, there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather does not harm you or anyone you know.

Stay healthy in the sun this summer with these tips from Public Health England.

Tips for Staying Healthy in the Sun

Make sure you;

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stay in the shade between 11am – 3pm
  • Take rest breaks if you’re out and about
  • Wear sunscreen above SPF15 and cover up in the sun

If you need medical assistance and it’s not an emergency call 111 or visit the NHS website.

Who is at Risk?

The heat can affect anyone, but some people may be more at risk, including;

  • Older people, especially those over 75
  • Babies and young children
  • People with a serious chronic condition, particularly dementia, heart, breathing or mobility problems
  • People with serious mental health problems
  • People on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control (for example diuretics, antihistamines, beta-blockers and antipsychotics)
  • People who are already ill and dehydrated (for example from gastroenteritis)
  • People who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • People who are physically active (for example soldiers, athletes, hikers and manual workers)
  • Homeless people.

Watch out for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion.

What can you do?

A few simple steps can help protect yourself and others during hot weather.

Make sure that you and your friends and neighbours are ready and equipped for a heatwave. Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves and make sure they have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medication they need.

The links below provide further advice about how to protect yourself and others;

If you need medical assistance and it’s not an emergency call 111 or visit the NHS website.

Daniel Marsh