Tips on how to stay safe and enjoy the heatwave

The sun is out and temperatures are creeping towards 30ºC or 86ºF. It’s always nice to enjoy the sun and hot weather, but it’s vital that you and your family stay safe as well.

Heatwaves can cause the following problems:

  • dehydration from not having enough water
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion
  • heatstroke. 

Particularly at risk are older people, especially those over 75, babies and young children and people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems.

Follow these tips to stay safe in the heat:

  • If a heatwave is forecast, try and plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat.
  • If you can, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm).
  • If you must go out, stay in the shade.
  • Wear a hat and loose fitting clothing, preferably cotton.
  • If you will be outside for some time, take plenty of water with you.
  • Take cool showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck.
  • Drink cold drinks, especially water or fruit juices
  • Eat as you normally would but try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water. 

Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP said: “While many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat or ultraviolet radiation.”

For even more tips, including barbecue food safety, preventing hay fever and insect bites, visit the NHS website.

ENDS. 

Notes to editors: 

  1. NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of 29 GP practices who have taken over some of the responsibilities of primary care trusts (PCTs) from April 2013. The CCG will ensure that clinical people like GPs and nurses are more involved in deciding what services should be provided for local people. Its vision is reducing health inequalities for all. Its vision is ‘For longer, healthier, happier lives.’
  2. Further ‘Top Tips’ are available on the Met Office website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/out-and-about/summer-safety

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