Heatwave safety tips

Make sure to stay safe in any baking sun, we have issued some guidance on how to cope during this heatwave and our recommended tips are below.

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High temperatures can be dangerous and can affect the young, elderly and those seriously ill.

Please see some Top Tips on staying cool:

  • Don't go outside between 11am and 3pm as this is the hottest part of the day.
  • Spend time in the shade and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Help others who may be less able to look after themselves (for example, if they have mobility problems).
  • Drink water or fruit juice regularly.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shade or reflective material external to the glass, or if that is not possible, by closing light-coloured curtains (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside and, if it's safe, open windows at night when the air is cooler.
  • People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool.

If you or anyone else feels unwell, drink water and go somewhere cool to rest. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, dizziness, weakness or cramps get worse or don't go away, seek medical help.

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