Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic disease. The heat can affect anyone but those at particular risk during a heatwave include:
Babies and young children.
People with mental health problems.
People on certain medication.
People 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.
In a severe heatwave you may get dehydrated and your body may overheat, leading to heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Below are some precautions that we can all take to stay safe in the sun.
If a heatwave is forecast, try and plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat.
If you can, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm).II
If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, like sport, DIY, or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day, like early morning.
If you must go out, stay in the shade. Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton. If you will be outside for some time, take plenty of water with you.
If anyone you know is likely to be at risk during a heatwave, help them get the advice and support they need. Older people living on their own should be visited daily to check they are OK.
Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices.
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