Current Heat Wave – Action and Advise

Whilst we may be enjoying the hot summer weather and trying to stay cool, we need to also remember that when temperatures rise this can cause vulnerable adults to be uncomfortably hot and for some it can become dangerous to their health.

Please share the important messages below with colleagues, friends, family and with your community.

General Advice:
  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you go out in the heat walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and a light scarf
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Have plenty of cold drinks and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • Eat cold foods particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • Take a cool shower bathy or body wash
  • Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • Keeping your living space cool is especially important, particularly for the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves
  • Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment
  • Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
  • If possible move into cooler room, especially for sleeping

Look out for others:

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly or ill people to make sure they are able to keep cool
  • Ensure elderly people are not left alone in stationery cars
  • Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every days during a heat wave
  • Be alert and call a doctor or social  services if someone is unwell or further help is needed

Longer Term:

  • Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35oc
  • Consider putting up external shading outside windows
  • Have your loft and cavity walls insulated
  • Grow trees and leafy plans near windows to act as natural air conditioners

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