Be sensible in the sun
It has been a long winter and we are now emerging from lockdown to, what we hope, will be a beautiful summer with lots of hot sunny days. However, people need to be sensible and responsible in order to stay safe in the heat.
Public Health England has recently updated its Heatwave Plan for England taking into account COVID-19, to help people stay as safe as possible during this time. This is particularly important for those who continue to shield or self isolate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Met Office is also a good source of top tips and advice for coping with hot weather. Their information can be accessed at their website.
Below are some tips for coping in hot weather:
- keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
- avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
- keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this is not possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter)
- if possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
- have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
- drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options
- if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
- check-up safely on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves - follow COVID-19 guidance
Enjoy the summer but please stay safe!