This weekend is set to be a hot one, so make sure you and those around you stay cool.
Top tips for coping in the heat
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, or animals
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you need to go out in the heat
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
Don’t just jump in
It is very tempting to jump in the water on hot summer days, but you need to stay safe in the water too.
Visit the Royal National Lifeboat Institution website for tips on water safety.
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes.
Ensure you drink plenty of water, cool your skin a wet sponge or spray and find a cool place to rest.
If it turns into heatstroke, it will need to be treated as an emergency.
Visit the NHS website for more information about heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
There is further advice on the GOV.UK website for staying safe in the sun.
The Dog’s Trust website has advice and tips on looking out for your 4-legged friends in the heat.
Keep up to date with weather forecast from the Met Office website.
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