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Heatwave advice

Bedford Borough Council would like to remind you to look after yourself, and others, during hot weather

 

Here are some tips:

 

· Try and plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat

· If you can, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (11am - 3pm)

· If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, like sport, DIY, or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day,  like early morning

· If you must go out, stay in the shade. Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton. If you will be outside for some time, take plenty of water with you

· Stay inside, in the coolest rooms available

· Close the curtains in rooms that get a lot of sun

· Keep windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside. Open them when the temperature inside rises, and at night for ventilation. If you are worried about security, at least open windows on the first floor and above

·T ake cool showers or baths, and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck

· Drink regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty – water or fruit juice are best

· Try to avoid alcohol, tea and coffee. They make dehydration worse

· Eat as you normally would. Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water

· Contact your doctor, a pharmacist or NHS Direct if you are worried about your health during a heatwave, especially if you are taking medication, or have any unusual symptoms

· Watch for cramp in your arms, legs or stomach, feelings of mild confusion, weakness or problems sleeping. If you have these symptoms, rest for several hours, keep cool and drink water or fruit juice. Seek medical advice if they get worse or don’t go away

 

If anyone you know is likely to be at risk during a heatwave, help them get the advice and support they need. Older people living on their own should be visited daily to check they are OK.

 

Remember, heatstroke can kill. It can develop very suddenly, and rapidly lead to unconsciousness. If you suspect someone has heatstroke, call 999 immediately.

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