Warm Weather and Staying Safe Information

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Whilst many of us enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely. We also need to remember that certain groups of people, including the elderly and vulnerable, are more at risk of the effects of heat, and for some it can become dangerous to their health

Please share the information below with friends and family and also check on any elderly and vulnerable neighbours too.

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

Additional Useful Information:

Each year the Met Office operates a heat health watch system in England between 1 June to 15 September each year in association with the Public Health England.

 Going Away – Leaving your Home Unoccupied?

Your home is more vulnerable when you are not there, so it is important to take extra precautions whenever you go away. The key is to make it look like you are at home, even when you are not. If you can, get a friend or neighbour to look after your home. While you are away, ask them to collect your post, draw your curtains at night and open them in the mornings, and generally make the place look lived-in.

Suggestions if you are going away:

  • Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries
  • Don’t put your home address on luggage labels when travelling to your destination – thieves are on the lookout at airports and stations for indications that particular properties will be unoccupied for a while
  • If you leave your keys with a neighbour, don’t label them with your address
  • Remember to lock all doors and windows
  • Don’t leave curtains closed during the day and keep all valuable items out of sight
  • Allow a friend, family member or neighbour to park on your drive whilst you are away
  • Set timer switches to turn on lights, radios, and other appliances when you are out. These can be bought cheaply at DIY stores
  • If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set and that you have told the police who has the key

 Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk Safe


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