IMPORTANT – Heatwave advice
06 August 2018
The Met office has issued a level 3 alert regarding a heatwave in the East of England. This means 90% chance of going above 30 degree C in our locality.
Please can you cascade this advice within your networks ASAP to support people to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks.
Tips for coping in hot weather
- Shut windows and pull down shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and ark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Have cold baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar. You can also get hydration from a variety of foods – please see the hydration boosting food poster also attached.
- Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. Heatwave updates can be found on the Met office website https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/#?tab=heatHealth
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
- Use Emergency Services wisely – please only call 999 when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke
Click here to download information on hydration boosting foods