Summer Heat Waves
When the temperature’s high
During long periods of hot weather people and animals are at risk from the effects of high temperatures. Here are some ways to reduce the risk:
- Apply high-factor sun-screen regularly during the day.
- Try to keep your house cool. Closing blinds and curtains can help.
- Keep your bedrooms well ventilated.
- Take cool (not cold) showers or baths or sprinkle yourself with water throughout the day.
- Wear lightweight, loose, light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Drink plenty of cold fluids, but not alcohol or caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
- If you’re driving, keep your vehicle ventilated to avoid drowsiness.
- Take regular breaks and keep plenty of water in the vehicle.
- Try to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (11.00am - 3.00pm).
- Avoid being in the sun for long periods.
- Check on elderly neighbours daily. The elderly and very young are most at risk.
- Avoid excessive physical activity (it can cause heat stroke or heat exhaustion).
- Restrict physical activity to the cooler periods at the start and end of the day.
- Make sure that babies, children, elderly people or animals are not left alone in stationary cars.
- Be alert and call the health services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.
- Register for heatwave alerts by emailing Summer_Heatwave_Alerts@dh.gsi.gov.uk