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Tips to Help Stay Cool in the Heat

25/06/2020

With temperatures expected to reach 30 degrees this week, Public Health England has issued ‘take care’ warnings to the public.

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 fluids and avoid excess alcohol, water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options. Limit fruit juice and smoothies to a combined total of 150ml (one small glass) per day and swap sugary soft drinks for diet, sugar free or no-added-sugar varieties. Alcoholic drinks cause you to lose more water in urine which can make you 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

 

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 – for example, people with Parkinson's disease or who have had a stroke
  • 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

 


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