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Advice on staying safe during the heatwave

  • Adult social care
  • Public health

With temperatures set to remain high there are a number of practical pointers for vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and those with long term health conditions to help them stay safe.

This week the temperature is expected to rise further to potentially make it the hottest period of this summer so far. Although most of us welcome the summer sun, high temperatures can be harmful to your health. Try to avoid spending extended periods in the sun this week. Also, be aware that vulnerable people are at increased risk of health issues. See our advice here:

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-colored curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. 
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If you have concerns about an uncomfortably hot house that is affecting your health or someone else’s, get medical advice.

You can find more detailed advice on the Barnet Council website and on the NHS website.

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