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Tips for coping in hot weather

The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks: 

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them 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.

  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.

  • 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 if you go outdoors.

  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If you’re worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority. Environmental health workers can visit a home to inspect it for hazards to health, including excess heat.

The Met Office have produced some top tips to get the most out of the warmer weather whilst staying safe. Click Here for more information.

How do I know if someone needs help?

If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink.  If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help.

For more information on protecting health and reducing harm from severe heat and heatwaves, Public Health England produce a Heatwave Plan for England 2015

Pet Welfare in Hot Weather

Britain's RSPCA animal charity has issued advice on how people can help their pets stay cool as the mercury soars.

"Simple things like moving small animals out of direct sunlight, topping up drinking water and waiting until the cooler part of the day to walk your dog or ride your horse can make a real difference to the welfare of your animals," said RSPCA chief inspector Dermot Murphy.

For more information on how to keep your animals safe in warm weather, The Met Office have produced some great tips, Click Here to find out more.