Staying safe in hot weather

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a Level 3 heat-health alert for the East Midlands and South West regions. The alert is in place until 9am on Friday 15 July, with temperatures across the country set to be high across the duration of this week.

Weather like this is something many people look forward to and enjoy but it is worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. It’s important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat. Check on others too, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely.

Here are some top tips for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Use cool spaces if going outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, vulnerable adults, or animals.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
  • If you have to go outside in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling.
  • During warm weather, going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief. If you are going into open water to cool-down, take care and follow local safety advice.

For more advice on how to cope in hot weather, follow the link to the NHS website.