Heatwave safety advice

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Whilst many of us are enjoying this current spell of hot weather we would like to remind people of the ways they can keep safe and cool.

Below you'll find a list of tips for staying cool - and safe - in the sun.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, to keep hydrated. Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these can dehydrate you

  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00 and 15.00 - the hottest part of the day, when the sun's rays are strongest. If you're outside seek shade

  • Try not to over-exert yourself. Avoid any strenuous activity such as exercise and DIY - or do them when the day is coolest, eg early morning or late evening

  • Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing and a hat if possible

  • Take cool showers and regularly splash your face with water to keep your body temperature down

  • Pay special attention to those most at risk, namely elderly people and small children; ensure that they're comfortable and staying out of the sun as much as possible

  • Ensure pets have a constant supply of fresh water, don't let them outside for long periods and never leave them in a car

  • Finally wear plenty of sunscreen, the higher factor the better - ask your pharmacist about the best protection for your skin type

Hot Weather Safety Advice

  • Learn to spot and keep away from dangerous water

  • New places you visit may have hidden dangers-ask somebody who knows

  • Take safety advice-heed notices which warn you of the danger

  • Children should always visit open water sites with a grown-up

  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment-you might need it yourself

  • Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended

Useful Links

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Last updated: Monday 02 October 2017

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