We are all hoping for some nice weather this summer and the Department of Health have published lots of guidance on this and a heatwave plan for England.

This guidance is intended to protect us all from heat-related harm to health and can be found on their website, where there is also an easy read version of the heatwave plan available.

Some of the points within the plan are:

  • Stay out of the sun when it is really hot
  • Wear loose clothes and if you go out, wear sun cream, sunglasses and a hat or a scarf
  • Do not do too much exercise
  • Have lots of cool drinks but not alcohol and eat cool food like salads
  • Have a cool shower, bath or wash
  • Use plants and bowls of water to keep rooms cool, close curtains during the day and turn off lights you do not need. Open windows at night when it is safe to do so
  • Do not leave people who are vulnerable to very hot weather (very young babies or children or very old people) alone in a parked car
  • Keep medicines cool
  • Check with your doctor about your medications in very hot weather
  • Go to the doctor if you feel dizzy, have pains in your legs or stomach or feel unwell

Home care providers, care workers, people who use services and families/carers may also find more useful information on hot weather from:

We’re all looking forward to a good summer but we must remember to enjoy the warmer weather sensibly and look out for others at this time of year.

If you’ve got any tips for staying cool and safe please get in touch with us.