Keeping your home cool in summer
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather does not harm you or anyone you know.
There are three main health risks from heat:
Dehydration from not consuming enough water
Overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which you can find out more about on the NHS.uk website.
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
older people, especially those over 75
babies and young children
people with a serious long-term condition, especially heart or breathing problems
people with mobility problems
people with serious mental health problems
people on certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
people who misuse alcohol or drugs
people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports
Here are some tips for coping in hot weather
keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day,
open windows at night when the temperature has dropped.
Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows.
have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
Although you may not need to take any immediate action, stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio, TV or social media, or the Met Office. The Meteorological Office has a warning system that issues alerts if a heatwave is likely. If you’re planning to travel, check the forecast at your destination (BBC Weather, Environment Agency Flood Alerts, Local Authority Alerts for environmental issues, PHE for public health updates)
Take extra caution when travelling
Get advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings before you travel – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice