A heat wave is on its way across the UK and although we’re all looking forward to it, it’s also important to take care of yourself and your loved ones throughout the hot weather.
Here’s a couple of tips from the NHS on how to cope and stay safe in the heat.
· Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
· Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
· Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
· Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
· Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
· Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
· Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
· Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
· Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
Have a look at the below websites for more information on keeping safe in heat waves.