Advice for staying well during a heatwave

Published Tuesday, 30 June 2015

As the heat rises, health leaders urge people to stay safe in the sun.

Areas around England may experience “heatwave” conditions over the next few days, according to Met Office forecasts.

Health leaders are urging people across Northamptonshire to stay safe as the nation prepares for the one of the hottest weeks of the year. Extremely hot day time temperatures and very humid nights could be a real danger to health for anyone without the right preparation. GPs are urging people to avoid an unnecessary trip to A&E by following simple steps to stay healthy.

During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heatwaves.

Follow these simple tips for a safe and enjoyable week in the sun!

  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and 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
  •  Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves
  • Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool.
  • Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars.
  • Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave.
  • Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed.
  • If you have a health condition, keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging).
  • Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications.
  • If you or others feel unwell, try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache; move to a cool place and rest as soon as possible and measure your body temperature.

 

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