Heatwave alert: stay hydrated

27 July 2018
The sun with sunglasses on

For older people, young children, babies and those with underlying health conditions, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.

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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