Tips to stay cool as temperatures are set to rise.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
With hot weather forecasts for parts of England this week Public Health England have issued ‘take care’ warnings to the public.
The Met Office has forecast hot and humid weather conditions in the East of England, the South East, London and the East Midlands, which will all be put on heatwave Level 2 status.
To ensure our residents stay safe and enjoy the sun we have some top tips for when the heat arrives:
• look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
• drink plenty of water; sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
• close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
• open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so
• never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
• try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
• walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
• avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
• wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
Dr Thomas Waite, of the Extreme Events team at PHE, said: “Because the heat is going to arrive very soon, think today about what you can do, and for those around you, to stay cool during the daytime and particularly at night.
“Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and for most people there’s nothing to really worry about.
“But for some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, summer heat can bring real health risks.
“To keep homes and sleeping areas cool at night remember to close curtains on windows that face the sun during the day, once the sun is off windows open them up to get a breeze and think about turning off electrical devices all over the home as they can generate unwanted heat too.”