With temperatures set to soar over the next few days and a heatwave announced by the Met Office, we all need to play our part in keeping our loved ones and elderly neighbours safe during the hot weather.
Extremely hot weather poses a number of health risks. Those particularly vulnerable are babies and young children; the elderly; and people with serious chronic conditions.
The main risks, as outlined by the NHS, are:
• Heat exhaustion/heatstroke.
To help you and your loved ones stay safe during the hot weather, we are sharing some top tips.
Stay out of the heat:
• Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm
• If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
• Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
Cool yourself down:
• Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
• Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
• Take a cool shower, bath or body wash
• Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck