Keeping cool in hot weather

Top tips for keeping cool in hot weather


Keeping cool in hot weather

Most of us can enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but it is important to keep yourself hydrated and to find shade where possible when UV rays are strongest, between 11am and 3pm.

If you have vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, make sure they are aware of how they can keep themselves protected from the hot weather.

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

  • 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 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. 

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