Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS England have published the heatwave plan for England.

The plan aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.

It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat for: the NHS, local authorities, social care, and other public agencies; professionals working with people at risk, and individuals, local communities and voluntary groups.

The full Heatwave Plan for England is intended to protect the population from heat-related harm to health can be found here, where there is also an easy read version available.

The main points for vulnerable people in the community 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 Sun Cream 7
  • 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
  • Check on people who are old or on their own
  • 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 8
  • 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
  • Muslim people who do not eat in the day during a festival called Ramadan must be careful and stop fasting and drink water if they do not feel well

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.