Heatwave Safety Advice

Whilst many of us are enjoy the hot weather we would like to remind people of the ways they can keep safe and cool.

Below you'll find a list of tips for staying cool - and safe - in the sun.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, to keep hydrated. Avoid alcohol, tea, and coffee as these can dehydrate you.
  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00 and 15.00 - the hottest part of the day, when the sun's rays are strongest. If you're outside seek shade.
  • Try not to over-exert yourself. Avoid any strenuous activity such as exercise and DIY - or do them when the day is coolest, e.g. early morning or late evening.
  • Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing, and a hat if possible.
  • Take cool showers and regularly splash your face with water to keep your body temperature down.
  • Pay special attention to those most at risk, namely elderly people, and small children; ensure that they're comfortable and staying out of the sun as much as possible.
  • Ensure pets have a constant supply of fresh water, don't let them outside for long periods and never leave them in a car.
  • Finally wear plenty of sunscreen, the higher factor the better - ask your pharmacist about the best protection for your skin type.