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The Importance of Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

The Importance of Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

Most people love hot weather. Visits to parks, BBQs at home and trips to the beach are just a few of the things that we like to enjoy when the sun is blazing upon us. However, the heat can affect anyone and we all need to take the appropriate precautions to avoid serious health risks. Some people are more susceptible to those risks than others. In the summer of 2019 Public Health England reported 900 extra deaths during periods of extreme temperatures and over the past 4 years, that number rises to 3,400.

Who can be affected by hot weather?

Whilst it’s important to look after yourself, it’s also important to look after others around you. The elderly, people living with dementia and people living with chronic conditions run a far greater risk from the effects of hot weather.

What can I do?

Look after yourself and the vulnerable during extreme heat conditions is very important. Here are some tips for helping reduce the risks:

Keep Cool and Safe

It goes without saying really, but it’s really important to keep a your temperature down and remain safe.

  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
  • Keep hydrated, drink plenty of water
  • Wear lightweight, loose fit clothing
  • Avoid heavy physical activities
  • Try and create a draft of cool air
  • Take a cool bath
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  • Apply a high SPF sunscreen. Preferably 30+

Look out for warning signs

It’s important to be aware of the signs that someone may be suffering from heat exhaustion. Here are some signs curtesy of the NHS:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Loss of appetite or feeling sick
  • Excessive sweat and pale, clammy skin
  • Cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
  • Fast breathing and pulse
  • Temperature of 38c or above
  • Being thirsty

The NHS give specific guidelines on what to do if you think someone is suffering from heatstroke which can be extremely serious if not treated quickly. If you think someone is suffering from heatstroke call the NHS on 111 or in an emergency dial 999.

Have fun!

It can be a wonderful time spending time with family and friends in the sun, please enjoy yourself responsibly.

We can help

For more information on how we can help keep your loved ones safe during hot temperatures whether that be during a social activity or at home, please get in touch on 01623 375275 or via our contact page.


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