Home Health Stay safe and well in the hot weather
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Stay safe and well in the hot weather

by Cathy Sheel

With heatwave temperatures just around the corner, make sure you keep yourself, and those around you, safe and well in the hot weather.

The Met Office has warned of heatwave temperatures between Tuesday 9 August and Saturday 13 August, so Knowsley’s Public Health team is reminding us that extreme hot weather can increase the health risks to vulnerable people, particularly at the moment whilst Covid-19 is still in circulation.

There are lots of things we can all do to keep ourselves – and those around us – safe during the hot weather:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  • 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.
  • Wear a hat or head covering whilst outside.
  • 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.
  • Keep the environment cool by keeping windows that are exposed to the sun closed or shaded – electric fans will help too and ensure a flow of air.
  • DO NOT use an electric fan if anyone in the home is unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Ensure there are shaded areas in the play areas.
  • Don’t leave vulnerable people alone especially in cars or rooms which get very warm such as conservatories.
  • Monitor children and vulnerable adults with health conditions.
  • Ensure that medication is kept below 25C.
  • 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.

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, telephone NHS 111 or visit your local chemist.

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