Stay Safe and Hydrated in Hot Weather

With temperatures set to remain in their high 20s this week, remember to keep hydrated and stay cool during hot weather.

Everyone is at risk of suffering a heat-related illness during periods of high temperatures. People most at risk of suffering a heat-related illness are the elderly, babies, pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers and those who suffer pre-existing medical conditions or take certain medications.

Physically active people, such as manual workers like builders or those that play sport, may also easily become dehydrated or overheat during hot weather.

Drinking plenty of water and keeping your body as cool as possible can reduce the risk of heat-related illness.

Some tips to help keep you cool and hydrated:

  • Switch drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine or that are high in sugar with water and eat small meals often to stay hydrated.
  • Stay cool by wearing light, lose cotton clothing and stay indoors or find a cool shady spot when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm.
  • Open windows and doors and use fans to circulate air or turn on your air-conditioner if you have one to reduce the temperature indoors.

Signs to watch out for include headaches, nausea, cramps, fainting, excessive sweating, tiredness and dizziness.

The symptoms of heat-related illness can include flushed or pale skin, cramps, fainting, nausea and vomiting, headaches and dizziness, a rapid pulse, disorientation and/or drowsiness.

For further medical advice, you can ring the NHS 111 Service by dialling 111. Please only call 999 in life threatening situations.

 

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