Hot weather is here - think how it will affect you

The Met Office says hot weather likely to impact health has arrived.

Please take extra care in this spell of extremely warm weather which has triggered a Level Three heatwave action alert.

This means temperatures are high enough to have a significant impact on health. Please follow our advice to protect yourself and your family from the possible health effects of hot weather. Please look out for others, especially those in vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.

  • Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you.

  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.

  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals.

  • If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge.

  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

Health and social care workers in the community, hospitals and care homes are advised to regularly check on vulnerable patients, share sun safety messages, make sure room temperatures are set below 26 °C, ensure patients have access to cold water and ice and that medicines are stored in a cool place.

During very hot weather, people who have long-term heart, lung or kidney illnesses, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, as well as pregnant women, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and when using public transport.

Employers should ensure indoor areas are kept cool and consider allowing these individuals to travel to or from their place of work during cooler, or less busy, times of the day. For those working or exercising outdoors, strenuous physical exertion during the hottest part of the day should be kept to a minimum.

See the Heatwave Plan for England for more information or visit NHS Choices



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