With temperatures rising to forecasted record levels this week, UKHSA and the Met Office is reminding people to take precautions to stay safe through the hot weather.
Top tips for staying safe in hot weather include:
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
- Stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors, in the shade, than indoors
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- Check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
- Take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down
- Check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging
For how to spot the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion, how to help cool someone down, and when to get help, read the NHS heat health advice here.
For more information on keeping safe in the heat, read the government’s guidance Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather.