Home Health ‘Beat the Heat’ as temperatures rise

‘Beat the Heat’ as temperatures rise

by Cathy Sheel

With temperatures rising in the coming days, make sure you keep yourself, and those around you, safe and well in the hot weather.

The Met Office has issued a ‘Heat-Health’ warning of very hot weather across the North West between Wednesday and Friday this week. And while many people may enjoy the hot, sunny weather, high temperatures can be dangerous for others, such as the elderly, young children and those with serious illnesses.

And remember to look out for those who are self-isolating or shielding at home during the Covid-19 outbreak and support them to stay safe in the hot weather by sharing with them some top tips:

Keeping cool indoors:
 Open windows (if safe to do so) when the air feels cooler outside than inside, for example at night.
 Keep the environment cool by keeping windows that are exposed to the sun closed or shaded.
 Don’t use an electric fan if anyone in the home is unwell with symptoms of coronavirus.
 Turn off lights and electrical equipment that aren’t in use, as they can generate heat.
 Ensure that medication is kept below 25C.

Staying safe in the sun:
 Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.
 Wear at least factor 30 sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and remember to apply 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply every couple of hours. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
 Ensure all children wear a hat or head covering.
 Ensure children wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
 Ensure everyone has plenty of cold drinks to keep hydrated (avoiding caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks).
 It is advisable to eat cold foods, particularly washed salads and fruit with a high water content.
 Ensure there are shaded areas in play areas.
 Don’t leave babies and young children alone especially in cars or rooms which get very warm, such as conservatories
 Monitor children and vulnerable adults with health conditions.
 Take extra care when planning outdoor activities such as barbecues, which involve prolonged time spent outdoors as              well as posing an additional fire risk.
 Don’t jump into cold water (dams etc) to cool down. Extreme caution should be taken if entering, playing or swimming           in open water.

During sunny periods parks and public spaces may become busy, so it’s important that everyone continues to follow the rules on social distancing or when meeting up with others in private gardens.

In the meantime, if you are worried about what to do, either for yourself or somebody you know who you think might be at risk, visit the NHS website, or speak to your local pharmacist.

More information and advice can be found on the Met Office website.