Staying safe in hot weather

Public Health England has issued a heat warning encouraging vulnerable people to take care during the hot weather forecast this week.

People ‘shielding’ indoors from COVID-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young people are all more vulnerable from the higher temperatures.

Some of the key things we can all consider during the hot weather to ensure we enjoy the sun while staying safe, include:

- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol: everyone is at risk of dehydration in hot temperatures, but babies, children and older people are particularly vulnerable

- Stay cool indoors: open windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside; shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight; move to a cooler part of the house, especially for sleeping.

- Slow down when it is hot: exertion heats up our bodies so plan any strenuous activities (e.g. exercise or gardening) outside the hottest time of the day, typically 11am-3pm

- Cool your skin with water: use a cool wet sponge or flannel, cool water spray, cold packs around the neck and armpits, or a cool, wet sheet

- Stay connected and listen to the weather forecast: knowing the forecast can help you plan ahead and adapt what you’re doing

- Dress appropriately for the weather: protect yourself against the sun’s radiation and keep yourself cool by wearing thin cotton clothes

- Eat smaller meals, more often: cold salads and fruit are the perfect summer foods

For more information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke visit the NHS website

For more information on coping with heat and COVID-19, read this infographic.

For more information on keeping people in residential and care settings safe, please read this care home infographic.