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Stay Cool This Summer

The current heatwave affecting the UK is planned to last for a few days. Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, the elderly or those with a chronic disease so please remain safe and remember to check on vulnerable family and friends.

Summer means longer evenings and higher temperatures giving you more opportunities for getting out and about. But as temperatures soar above 30 degrees, it’s important to remain safe and cool at all times.

Here are some top tips for staying cool:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • When indoors, stay in the coolest parts of your home, keep curtains and blinds closed in rooms that catch the sun.
  • If you’re travelling especially by public transport carry a bottle of water.
  • Splash your face with cool water to help you cool off.
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible.
  • Plan activities to avoid going out during the hottest time of the day, usually between 11.00am – 3.00pm.
  • Wear loose, lightweight cotton clothing.
  • Eat normally – try to have cold foods such as salads and fruit as these contain a lot of water.
  • Take showers and baths but avoid cold showers and thermal shocks!

For more useful information, visit Live Well - NHS,  Age UK and the Met Office to stay updated.

Posted on Tuesday 20th June 2017