Look after yourself and others during hot weather

Published on: Monday, 09-June-2014

The Department of Health launched its summer heatwave plan on 1 June. The plan runs until 15 September and features a series of alerts from 0 to 4, with level 4 being the most extreme weather.

Whilst many people may enjoy the sunny weather, the high temperatures can be dangerous for a number of people. The Department of Health has issued advice to help minimise health issues during the hot weather. This can be viewed here.

During the rising temperatures, extra care and attention should be given to a number of people who may find the hot weather difficult. This includes people suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, older people (especially those living alone or in care homes), those with chronic illnesses and those who find it difficult to adapt behaviour to keep cool - for example, babies, people suffering from Alzheimer’s, have a disability or are bedbound.

You can look after yourself and others by:-

  • Staying out of the heat particularly between 11am and 3pm - the hottest part of the day
  • Wearing light loose-fitting clothing and a hat / scarf
  • Applying sun screen regularly
  • Drinking plenty of cold drinks and avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Keeping your environment cool by keeping windows shaded and closed during the day when hotter outside
  • Opening windows at night to cool the home, if safe to do so - electrical fans may help too
  • Being aware of older people, particularly those with health conditions, and young children in hot weather
  • Ensuring any medication is kept below 250C

If you are worried about what to do, either for yourself or somebody you know who you think might be at risk, go to www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, telephone NHS 111 or visit your local chemist.