We all like a sunny day…
And the opportunities that nice weather brings for activities, outdoor living, fresh air and fun.
With temperatures set to reach up to 30 °C, there’s a real chance that you or someone you know could be affected by the heat.
Children and babies, older people and those with long term health conditions – especially heart and breathing problems – are particularly at risk.
Hot days and warm nights can have a significant effect on health. Main risks are:
- overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
- heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Knowing how to keep cool and manage health conditions during hot weather can save lives.
Most likely to be affected are:
- older people, especially over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems, e.g. people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – at work or leisure
To stay cool and reduce health risks:
- Stay out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm (hottest part of the day). Always use a sunscreen with a high protection factor.
- Have cool baths or showers or splash yourself with cool water. Placing your wrists under cool running water can help.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
- If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest and give plenty of water to drink. Seek medical help if symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness or dizziness don’t go away
More information is available at www.nhs.uk and you can call NHS 111 24/7 for further advice.