Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with long-term illness.
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 include:
- The elderly or frail
- Babies and young children
- People with mental health problems
- People on certain medication
- Those with a serious long-term 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
The summer months are the time for getting outdoors, enjoying the warm weather and relaxing in the sunshine.
The summer heat can affect us all but some people are more at risk of harm from high temperatures and need to be more careful. These include:
- older people - especially those over 75
- people who live on their own
- people who have pre-existing health condition
- babies, young children and people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places
In a severe heatwave you may get dehydrated and your body may overheat, leading to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
For more information on how to stay safe in the sun please visit our Summer Wellness pages.
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