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Summer Health Advice

During a heatwave the window for effective action is very small and as such advanced planned is essential. There are a number of key public messages that you as individuals should consider during a heatwave:-

Stay out the heat Cool yourself down Keep your environment cool Look out for others If you have a health problem or feel unwell

Keep out of the sun between 11:00 – 15:00.

If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a light scarf and hat.

Avoid extreme physical exertion.

Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes.

Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks.

Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with high water content.

Take a cool shower, bath or body wash.

Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck.

Keep your living/working space cool.

Place a thermometer in your home/workplace to keep a check on the temperature.

Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day.

Close curtains that receive morning and afternoon sun.

Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment.

Keep bowls of water and plants in the home/workplace as evaporation helps cool the air.

Electric fans may provide some relief if temperatures are below 35C.

Keep an eye on isolated or vulnerable adults and children.

Be alert and report any concerns.

Seek medical attention if you are suffering from chronic medical conditions or taking multiple medications.

Try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst or headache.

Move to a cool place.

Drink water or fruit juice to re-hydrate.

Rest immediately.

Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if they persist.

If you suspect someone has heatstroke:

Remember, heatstroke can kill. It can develop very suddenly, and rapidly lead to unconsciousness. If you suspect someone has heatstroke call 999 immediately




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