Public Health England has issued some general advice to people on staying healthy and avoiding heat-related illness.
This includes a reminder that prolonged high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.
Public Health England’s summer campaign advises:
- Look after yourself, check on others especially the elderly
- Listen to the weather forecasts and the news
- Plan ahead to avoid the heat
- Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
- Dress appropriately for the weather
- Slow down and avoid heavy activity
Find somewhere cool:
- Know how to keep your home cool e.g. pull curtains or lower blinds to cover windows exposed to direct sunlight
- Go indoors or outdoors, whichever feels cooler
- Cars get hot, avoid closed spaces
- Be on the lookout for signs of heat related illness
- If you’re too hot, cool your skin with water, slow down and rehydrate
- Get help. Call NHS 111 or in an emergency 999