How to stay safe in hot weather

It’s can get hot out there during the British summer but are you ready for a heatwave? The Heatwave Plan for England is a joint plan intended to protect the population from heat-related harm to health. Basically the plan says how different services will:

  • work together and plan how to keep people cool, safe and well
  • make sure everyone has all the help and information they need
  • warn people before very hot weather comes

We do not know for sure if there will be a heatwave but we can be prepared for one. Between 1 June and 15 September each year the Met Office may forecast a heatwave.

Some people are at more risk than others during a heatwave. These include people who:

  • Are aged over 75 years old or very young
  • Have some physical or mental health problems
  • Take medicines that mean their skin burns very easily in the sun or have other side effects in the heat or the sun
  • Are homeless or people who have poor housing
  • Drink a lot of alcohol or take drugs

It's important that everyone knows what to do if there is a heatwave. Here are some top tips you can use or pass on to others:

  • stay out of the sun when it is really hot
  • wear loose clothes and if you go out, wear sun cream, sunglasses and a hat or a scarf
  • do not do too much exercise
  • have lots of cool drinks but not alcohol
  • use plants and bowls of water to keep rooms cool, close curtains during the day and turn off lights you do not need. Open windows at night when it is safe to do so

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