Staying safe in hot weather
- Posted by yhpadmin
- On 15th July 2022
The West Midlands is now on a Heat-Health Alert Level 4 – Emergency, with hot weather returning this weekend, peaking early next week. Most of us welcome the warmer weather, however when it is too hot for too long there are health risks.
Follow these tips to stay safe during the warmer weather:
• Drink plenty of fluid, particularly water, aiming for at least two litres and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, or hot drinks
• Dress appropriately and cover up, including wearing a hat and sunglasses
• Avoid the heat as much as possible and limit going out during the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm)
• Wear sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of SP15
• Look out for vulnerable neighbours, including older people and young children, especially those who have an underlying health issue such as asthma or heart condition
• Follow the weather updates and advice on keeping well
• Find ways to keep homes cool
• Contact NHS 111 when you fall ill or get injured but it is not an emergency
If you or someone else feels unwell with a high temperature during hot weather, it may be heat exhaustion or heatstroke.