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Stay Safe in the Heat

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks. Make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know. The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

The main risks caused by a heat wave are, overheating, dehydration, heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Who is most at risk?

  • Elderly people
  • Babies and young children
  • People with serious conditions, such as heart or breathing problems

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Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion
  • heatstroke

How to cope with the heat:

  • Stay out of the heat, avoid the sun between 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Have baths, cool showers or splash yourself with cool water
  • Shut windows and pull down shades when it's hotter outside
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

If you're worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority.

 

For further information go to: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx