IMPORTANT – Heatwave advice
06 August 2018
The Met office has issued a level 3 alert regarding a heatwave in the East of England. This means 90% chance of going above 30 degree C in our locality.
Please can you cascade this advice within your networks ASAP to support people to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks.
Tips for coping in hot weather
Shut windows and pull down shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and ark curtains can make the room hotter).
have cold baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar. You can also get hydration from a variety of foods – please see the hydration boosting food poster also attached.
Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. Heatwave updates can be found on the Met office website https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/#?tab=heatHealth
Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
Use Emergency Services wisely – please only call 999 when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke
Click here for hydration boosting food lists