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Heat Wave

Summer is on its way...do not let heat to affect your health!

Top tips to keep yourself and others safe this summer:

Keep out of the sun

·         Keep out of the sun during the hottest part of the day between 11am and 3pm;

·         If you do go out in the heat, remember to apply sunscreen, stay in the shade, and wear a hat and light scarf to protect your head and neck;

·         Avoid extreme physical exertion during the hottest part of the day. Activities like sport, DIY or gardening are better undertaken early in the morning or in the evening when it is much cooler.

Stay hydrated

·         Drink plenty of water and cold drinks, and eat salads and fruit with a high water content;

·         Avoid excess alcohol and caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) as these can cause dehydration

Keep cool

·         Regularly sprinkle cool water on your skin or clothing, or put a damp cloth on the back of your neck to help regulate your temperature;

·         Keep your home cool by closing curtains and windows in rooms that are exposed to the sun during the day. Open windows at night when the temperature has dropped

Stay safe, stay well

·         Remember the heat can affect anyone, but some people are more at risk of serious harm. These include older people, babies and young children, and people with chronic and severe illness (including heart conditions, respiratory problems and diabetes)

·         If you have heart, respiratory or serious health problems, remember to take your medication and keep it with you as the heat can make your condition worse

·         The pollen count tends to be higher on warm, dry days so remember to take your medication to relieve the symptoms of hay fever and allergies

·         Danger symptoms to watch out for in the hot weather include feeling faint and dizzy, being short of breath, vomiting and/or increasing confusion. If these symptoms are present:

o   Take action to cool down as quickly as possible;

o   Do not take aspirin or paracetamol as these can make things worse, but do carry on taking any other prescribed medicines you may need;

o   Seek further advice from NHS 111, a doctor, or if the person has collapsed, ring 999

Look out for each other

·         Check on isolated, elderly or ill neighbours, friends or family and make sure they are able to keep cool.

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