How to stay safe in hot weather

While most of us look forward to the warmer summer months, hot weather can have a negative impact on our body and it’s important to take steps to keep cool, look after ourselves and make sure we stay safe and well.

According to the NHS the main risks during hotter weather are:

When the weather is hot our body has to work harder to maintain a core temperature of about 37.5 C. It does this by opening up blood vessels on the surface of the skin and starts sweating to help lose heat.

There are a few things you can do to help you and those around you keep cool:

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk

  • stay cool indoors

  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors

  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol

  • 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 regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat

  • avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day

  • make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

  • if you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice

Source NHS

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How to stay safe in hot weather