Thursday 15 June 2023
As we move towards the summer we are experiencing some very warm weather.
Here are some top tips for staying safe in the heat include:
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
- close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- take care to protect against the sun if you are going into the water to cool down
- avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
- make sure you take water with you if you are out and about
Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health, said:
'Whilst we hope the community really enjoys the warm weather, I would like to remind everyone of these top ways for staying safe during the heat. We know that over 65s, as well as young children and those with heart and lung conditions can all find normal activities a strain when temperatures get this high. I also urge people to take care to protect against the sun, taking sensible precautions such wearing a hat and applying sunscreen. It is also important to stay well hydrated. This way we can all enjoy the warmer weather.'
Further information can be found here: Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)