Staying Safe in the Warmer Weather
As we are approaching the warmer weather season it is crucial to protect ourselves from such things as sun stroke, sun burn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.
The NHS have released the following advice to stay safe in the increasing heat:
- keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
- avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
- keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this is not possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter)
- if possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
- have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
- drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options
- if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
- check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves
If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that’s affecting your health or someone else’s, get medical advice.