With the August Bank Holiday set to be a hot one, it is important to stay as safe as possible. A heatwave can be enjoyable for most but looking after your health should be a priority. The main risks may be dehydration, over heating and, sunburn. All of these issues are very preventable and can easily be avoided.
Here are some tips for coping with 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 on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves
If you do need to go out into the sun, here are some tips for protecting your skin:
- make sure you never burn
- cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- take extra care with children
- use at least factor 30 sunscreen
For further advice, NHS Choices is the best place to learn ways to protect yourself against the sun and how to look after yourself in the heat.
Happy Bank Holiday!