Many of us enjoy the increase in temperature, but when it's too hot there are health risks, particularly for those over the age of 65 or those with pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. 

Follow these tips to stay safe in hot weather:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, or hot drinks
  • Check on vulnerable family, friends, and neighbours
  • Know the symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion
  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest
  • Close windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun to keep your home cool
  • Wear clothes that provide sun protection including hats and sunglasses
  • Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 and at least a 4-star ultraviolet A radiation (UVA) protection
  • Take extra care to protect children and babies
  • Follow the weather updates and advice on keeping well in the heat
  • Contact NHS 111 when you fall ill or get injured but it is not an emergency.

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