Staying safe in the sun

Staying safe in the sun

The Met Office has this week warned of high temperatures over the whole of England.

The heat can affect anyone, but some people are at a greater risk of harm – such as older people, babies and young children and those on certain medications or with particular conditions.

Advice and guidance for looking after yourself and others and staying safe during hot weather is available below or visit the NHS Choices website for further information.

Stay out of the heat

  • Where possible avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • When outside, walk in the shade, wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Avoid physical exertion if possible, or keep it for cooler parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down

  • Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • Eat cold food, particularly salad and fruit with a high water content
  • Take a cool shower or bath

Keep your environment cool

  • Keeping your living space cool is particularly important for infants, the elderly or those with a chronic health condition or those who can’t look after themselves.
  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped

Look out for others

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
  • Call NHS 111 if further help is needed

Further information from Public Health England is available below:

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