With the expected heatwave over the next few days. Bright, hot summer days are what many of us look forward to for the rest of the year– especially in cold, wet England! However, while we’re enjoying the balmy days of summer, we should not forget that the temperature can get too high, that it can become uncomfortably hot, and for some, it can become dangerously hot.
The evidence about the risks to health from heatwaves is extensive and consistent from around the world. In England during the 2003 heatwave there were over 2,000 deaths over the 10 day heatwave period which lasted from 4 – 13 August 2003. The vast majority of these were among older people.
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 and light scarf. Avoid extreme physical exertion. 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.
Keep your living space cool: This is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves. Extreme temperature sensors monitor for excess high and low temperatures and will raise an alert at our contact centre if there is cause for concern.
If you have a health problem keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging). Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications.
Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves. If you have a lifeline pendant and feel unwell press your red button and we will assist you.
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