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Stay out of the heat when it’s very hot:
- Stay out of the sun when it’s very hot
- Don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) especially if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler, and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat
Cool yourself down and drink a lot of water:
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice
- Make sure you take water with you if you’re travelling
- Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar; these cause dehydration
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it’s cooler
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool
- Take care and follow local safety advice if you’re going into the water to cool down
- Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
Look out for others:
- Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people, babies and those with underlying health conditions. Make sure they are able to keep cool.
- Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars.
- Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave.
- Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.
Visit NHS Live well website for more details