Beat The Heat: Staying Safe In Hot Weather

Look after yourself, older people and the young.

Why this is important

The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Remember to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat

What you can do

Stay out of the heat, cool yourself down, keep your environment cool or find somewhere else that is cool.

Look out for neighbours, family or friends who may be isolated and unable to care for themselves; make sure they are able to keep cool during a heatwave.

Make sure medicines are stored below 25°C or in the fridge (read the storage instructions on the packaging).

Carry on taking all prescribed medicines unless advised not to by a medical professional. But be aware that some prescription medicines can reduce your tolerance of heat.

Be alert and if someone is unwell or needs further help, Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.

Everyone is at risk of dehydration in hot temperatures, but babies, children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable.

Knowing the forecast can help you plan ahead and adapt as necessary.

Heatwaves may affect other services, such as power and water supplies, and transport. Air pollution can become worse during periods of hot weather.
Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day – for example, in the early morning or evening.

For more information, please visit NHS: How to cope in hot weather