Publish date: 15 July 2022

While many of us enjoy a bit of sun, warm weather can be really dangerous for some. The next few days are set to be really warm with the Met Office issuing an extreme heat weather warning, so here are some top tips for ensuring you stay well and safe in the sun. 

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:  

  • not drinking enough water (dehydration)  
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing 
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke 

A heatwave can affect anyone, however there are those in our community who are at increased risk, these are older people, people living on their own or in a care home, those who find it hard to keep cool such as babies, people with serious or long term conditions and those who have to spend a lot of time outside. Make sure you look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. 

Here are our top tips for coping in hot weather: 

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

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm and avoid exercising during these times 

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

  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals 

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