Stay safe in the heat!

24 August 2016

 

Yesterday (23 August), The Met Office declared a Level 3 heatwave alert, which means the hot weather has arrived and is forecast to last until Friday morning. Hot temperatures during the day are likely be accompanied by very warm nights for the rest of the week.

 

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

 

  • 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. Sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • open windows when it feels cooler outside and it's safe to do so
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • if you are going into the water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • if you or others feel unwell seek medical advice