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Top tips for staying safe during the hot weather

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 this summer.

Extremely hot weather poses a number of health risks and 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:

• Dehydration
• Overheating
• 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

For more tips and advice, visit the NHS website:…/h…/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/


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