Be Prepared: Hot weather

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During extended periods of hot weather, people and animals are at risk from the effects of heat. To reduce the risks then the following should be considered:

  • Apply high-factor sun-screen regularly during the day
  • Try to keep your house cool; closing blinds and curtains
  • At night, keep your sleeping area well ventilated
  • Take cool (not cold) showers or baths or sprinkle yourself with water throughout the day
  • Wear lightweight, loose, light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed
  • Drink plenty of cold fluids, but not alcohol or caffeine, which dehydrate the body
  • If driving, keep your vehicle ventilated to avoiddrowsiness
  • Take regular breaks and have plenty of water in the vehicle.
  • Try to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (11.00am – 00pm).
  • Avoid being in the sun for long periods of time
  • The elderly and very young are most at If you have elderly neighbours check on them daily
  • Avoid excessive physical activity (it can cause heat stroke or heat exhaustion), or do it in the cooler ends of the day
  • Ensure that babies, children, elderly people or animals are not left alone in stationary vehicles
  • Be alert and call the health services if someone is unwell or further help is required

Useful information

 NHS on how to cope in hot weather:

Age UK advice for older people about staying safe in hot weather:

Are you Ready?

The ‘Are you ready’  booklet brings together advice from various organisation to help you and your family take simple steps to reduce risk, prepare for and respond to emergencies such as fire, flood and loss of power.