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Looking after yourself and others in the hot weather

Monday the 25th was the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures approaching 30C (86F) in some places. While today might be a little cooler, forecasts suggest a possible heatwave later in the week. So the local NHS would like to remind everyone about staying safe – and keeping an eye on your loved ones and neighbours – while it’s so warm. 

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Dr Anna Davey, a mid Essex GP, said: “Common sense is the key to beating the heat. Take some time to think about what you can do to protect yourself, your family and friends from hot weather.

“For some, including older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’d like everyone to look out for people you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions – it’s especially important to make sure they are drinking enough
  • drinking plenty of water really is essential for good health during heatwaves – avoid sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, which can make people more dehydrated
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle – especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • take care and follow local safety advice if you are going swimming to cool down
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
  • make sure you take water with you if you are travelling