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Hot weather safety advice

Published on Wednesday, 24th July 2019

With a change in our climate, hot spells are expected to become more frequent. High temperatures can be harmful to your health and can affect some groups of people more than others.

At the same time as enjoying the summer sunshine, certain precautions should be taken. Below are some useful tips to help you stay safe this summer.

Look out for yourself and others

Older people, babies and young children can be especially at risk of the effects of the heat. Keep an eye out for people you know, neighbours, friends and family who are in the ‘at risk’ groups to ensure they stay safe.

Apply sunscreen & dress appropriately

Apply sunscreen regularly, wear a hat and light clothing.

Ensure you keep well hydrated

There is a higher risk of dehydration in hot weather, due to excess sweating. Ensure you drink enough water and keep an eye out for signs of dehydration such as a dry mouth, increased thirst, dark urine and infrequent urination.

Keep cool, stay out of the sun and keep well covered

Stay out of the direct heat of the sun if possible and avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (around midday) seek shade wherever possible and take a cool bath or shower to cool down if you do get too hot.          

Keep your home cool

Many homes are at risk of overheating, this can make life uncomfortable and worsen health conditions - follow the simple checklist on the link to help you keep your home cool this summer: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england

Plan ahead

Keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts and plan ahead to ensure you have enough provisions including water and sunscreen to last if going on a trip anywhere.

Slow down and avoid excessive activity

Strenuous activity can make you prone to heat related illnesses. Avoid lots of physical exertion at times of high temperatures and save more strenuous activities for the cooler parts of the day such as morning or evenings.

Take precautions with cars and closed spaces

Cars and small spaces can get dangerously hot extremely quickly, ensure babies, children and the elderly are not left alone in cars or other enclosed spaces. Also beware of laving pets in hot cars.

Use BBQ ‘s safely

Grass in the parks can become extremely dry in hot weather, we do not advise the use of BBQ’s in the parks as they can present a fire risk and can stay hot and smouldering for several hours after use. If you do use fires or BBQ’s never leave them unattended, use responsibly and always dispose of BBQ’s correctly, ensuring they are properly distinguished after use. If you see a fire please call 999 immediately.

Take precautions when outdoors

Make sure any glass or bottles used outdoors are cleared away to ensure that they do not magnify the sun to create a fire and dispose of cigarettes responsibly, not through car windows as this can easily start a fire on dry grass.

Be aware that benches, outdoor surfaces and play equipment can become extremely hot when in full sun. Please stay hydrated and ensure you and your family are appropriately clothed and wear sunscreen and hats to avoid sunburn and sunstroke.

Stay safe when swimming

Swimming in open water such as lakes, canals and quarries carries many dangers including strong hidden currents, obstacles and weeds. These can be fatal if you are swimming alone and get into difficulties, especially if there is no one around to assist you.

Be aware of signs of heat related Illnesses

To see common signs and symptoms to look out for visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke/

 

Get help by calling NHS 111 or 999 in an emergency

Above all have fun and stay safe!

Further detailed advice and guidance is available from:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/731044/2018_Beat_the_Heat_Leaflet.pdf

https://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice/children-young-people/

https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/general/barbecue-safety/