Staying Safe In The Sun

Us Brits love to have a good moan about the weather don’t we?  Most of us welcome a spell of warm weather but as much as we appreciate it, there are times when it can get just a little bit too hot to handle.

Why are heatwaves a problem?

If the high temperatures go on for too long, a heatwave can cause real health problems, with the main risk factors being deyhydration, overheating and heat exhaustion and heatstroke.  

Hot weather can affect anyone, in particular those who are already vulnerable due to existing health conditions.  Older people, especially those over 75, are particularly at risk.  

In order to help you keep safe in the warm weather we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to follow.

How to cope in hot weather

  • Avoid going out in the middle of the day (between 11am – 3pm) when the heat is at its peak
  • Wear light, loose clothing to help keep you cool
  • Drink plenty of fluids, though alcohol should be avoided where possible. Water is by far the best option, but milk, tea and coffee are also good.
  • You may be tempted to open windows in the heat but it’s actually more effective to keep windows that are facing the sun closed in the day.  Open windows at night when the temperature has dropped to help fill your home with cooler air.   You can also keep rooms cool by keeping curtains closed (though dark curtains could make the room hotter, so lighter coloured curtains are a better choice.)
  • If you are able to, have a cool bath or shower, or splash yourself with cool water from the tap.  
  • Should you go outside in the sun, make sure to apply sunscreen, wear a wide brimmed hat and continue to drink water.

If you are worried that the heat is affecting your health or are concerned about the health of an elderly family member or friend then please seek medical advice.