Stay well in the heat

26 May 2017
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As the warm weather of summer approaches we will like to encourage our residents to enjoy the weather but stay safe and keep cool over the hot periods

Here are some top tips:

Stay out of the heat when very hot:

  • Stay out of the sun when it is 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.

 Cool yourself down:

  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is 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.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

Look out for others:

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and 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