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 sunscreen 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