Stay cool this Summer
Hot weather is not always good news. For some people, hot weather can result in serious illness. We want to help people to stay cool and keep well this Summer, and are encouraging everyone to follow some simple steps.
Who is most affected by hot weather?
- People with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk and the heat can make these conditions worse
- Frail and elderly
- Babies and young children
- People on certain medication
Top tips for staying cool
- Keep your environment cool, and have a thermometer in the room
- Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
- Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
- Avoid extreme physical exertion during hot weather
- Keep out of the sun during 11am and 3pm where possible
- Wear a hat and sun cream when out in the sun
- Many prescription medicines can reduce people’s tolerance of heat. Keep taking your medicines, but take extra care to keep cool
- Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include: feeling faint and dizzy, short of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion
- Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
- Be alert and call a doctor or social services if you are worried someone is not coping in the hot weather.
Be a good neighbour
To find out more take a look at this short guide to staying cool.
Alternatively, visit NHS Choices to read more hints and tips.
Are you a health or social care professional? Do you work in the voluntary or community sector?
In one hot spell in England during August 2003, deaths in those aged 75 and over rose by 60%, with approximately 2000 total extra deaths than would normally be expected.
By taking a few simple steps, everyone can help reduce the risk of serious illness or deaths due to hot weather. It’s important everyone who works with patients or local communities, takes a few moments to read this year’s Heatwave Plan.
What is the Heatwave Plan?
The Heatwave Plan is produced by the Department of Health, and aims to raise awareness amongst all health, social care and voluntary sector organisations on what we can do to help people during hot weather.
The Heatwave Plan is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/201039/Heatwave-Main_Plan-2013.pdf
Register for Heatwave alerts: so you can be prepared for the hot weather. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/#?tab=heatHealth
Further advice is also available on NHS Choices.
What to do in a:
Level two heatwave: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwaveamberalert.aspx
Level three heatwave: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwaveredalert.aspx
Level four heatwave: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwavealertfour.aspx