Heatwave Advice

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As temperatures soar, local NHS health advisers are urging people to make sure they take care and follow some simple tips to stay cool.

Hot weather can cause dehydration, heatstroke, heat exhaustion and make heart and breathing problems worse.

Tips to stay well in the heat:

  • Stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat
  • 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 fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink.

If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help by speaking to your local Pharmacist, GP or by calling NHS 111.

For more information visit NHS Choices website where there’s lots of good advice on staying safe in the sun.