Whilst many of us enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely. 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.
We have some information and guidance here about the best way to stay safe whilst enjoying the weather. Please share the information with friends and family and with any elderly/ vulnerable neighbours, particularly if they are on their own.
General Advice during hot weather include:
- 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 bath 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, shaded and closed during the day and open them at night when the temperature drops
- 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 any isolated people that you know to make sure they are able to keep cool
- Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heat wave
- Be alert and call a doctor or 111, the NHS Non-emergency service, if someone is unwell or when further help is needed
- Ensure pets are not left alone in stationary cars
Additional Useful Information
How can I prepare if a heat-wave is predicted?
Each year the Met Office operates a heat health watch system in England between 1 June to 15 September in association with Public Health England. The Heat Health Watch Service is designed to help during periods of extreme temperature.
Having a Barbecue?
You might take the opportunity during warmer weather to enjoy eating outside and possibly have a barbecue. However, barbecues are involved in many hundreds of accidents in gardens each year, so please be aware of the advice and information given by ROSPA.
Tips from Suffolk Fire and Rescue during prolonged periods of hot weather
🔥 Only BBQ at home
🔥 Put out cigarettes properly
🔥 Do not leave glass outside
🚒 Dial 999 if you see a fire
Above all Stay Safe