Hot weather

Top ways for staying safe during hot summer days:

  • look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • drink plenty of water or diluted fruit juice - sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water

Find information on NHS Choices and more detail in the Heatwave Plan for England. The Heatwave plan for England is a plan intended to protect the population from heat-related harm to health. It aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.

It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat for:

• the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies
• professionals working with people at risk
• individuals, local communities and voluntary groups