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Looking after yourself and others during the hot weather

Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic disease.

If anyone you know is likely to be at risk during a heatwave, help them to get the advice and support they need. Older people living on their own should be visited daily to check they are OK.

Those at particular risk during a heatwave are:

  • The elderly or frail
  • Babies and young children
  • People with mental health problems
  • People on certain medication
  • Those with a serious chronic condition, particularly breathing or heart problems
  • People who already have a high temperature from an infection
  • People who use alcohol or illicit drugs
  • People with mobility problems
  • People who are physically active like manual workers and sportsmen and women

Precautions to stay safe in the sun

In a severe heatwave you may get dehydrated and your body may overheat, leading to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

  • Keep out of the heat
  • Stay cool
  • Drink regularly

When to seek advice?

  • Contact your doctor or a pharmacist if you are worried about your health during a heatwave, especially if you are taking medication, or have any unusual symptoms.
  • Watch for cramp in your arms, legs or stomach, feelings of mild confusion, weakness or problems sleeping.
  • If you have these symptoms, rest for several hours, keep cool and drink water or fruit juice. Seek medical advice if they get worse or don’t go away.