Keeping safe in the heatwave
15th Jul 2022
The scorching weather looks set to continue so here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe as the temperatures soar.
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when UV rays are strongest.
- Take water with you if you have to go out. Apply sunscreen before you leave and wear a wide-brimmed hat – and try to walk in shady areas.
- On car journeys, make sure babies, children, older or sick people aren’t left alone in parked cars as these can heat up very quickly. This also applies to pets.
- Keep your home or office cool by closing curtains or shutters on rooms that face the sun.
- Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate more heat.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
Generally, try to do as little as possible, particularly during the hottest parts of the day. Learn how to spot the signs of dehydration or heatstroke – and please remember to check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day.
For more information please read the document Looking after yourself and others during hot weather