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Stay safe during hot weather

Published Friday, 15th July 2022

Worcestershire residents are being encouraged to stay safe during the incoming heatwave.

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long, there are health risks. 

In England, there are on average 2,000 heat related deaths every year. So, it’s important to make sure you know how to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Councillor Karen May cabinet member with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing at Worcestershire County Council said, “I would encourage everyone to ensure they are up to date with the latest heatwave advice, and to enjoy the heat responsibly. 

We need to look out for each other too. It is also important to check up on vulnerable neighbours, friends and family to ensure they are safe and well during the hot spell.”

People who are who are ill, babies, pregnant women and older people, may find the hot weather particularly challenging. If you, or someone you know is vulnerable in hot weather please take extra steps to keep cool.”

Liz Altay, Interim Director of Public Health for Worcestershire said, “With temperatures due to soar on Monday and Tuesday, it’s never been more important to look after your health.

“Please stay out of the sun as much as possible, particularly between 11am and 3pm.  When you are in the sun, apply sunscreen and wear a hat.

“Keep drinking fluids. It’s very important to stay hydrated. Make sure you consume enough fluids throughout the day and avoid drinking excess alcohol and caffeine in the heat.

Try to keep your home as cool. You can do this by shading windows and shutting them during the day. Then, open them when it is cooler at night. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment as they generate heat. If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping.”

Essential information includes: 

Stay out of the heat

  • keep out of the sun, between 11am and 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat 
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • wear light, loose-fitting/cotton clothes

Sometimes, excessive heat is unavoidable. In these cases, it is important to find ways to cool down. 

Cool yourself down

  • have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with high water content
  • take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

Advice is available on the Worcestershire County Council website on how to stay cool at home or on journeys, as well as what to do if you feel unwell. This also includes advice on avoiding fires, summer driving advice and staying safe around water.   

For information on how to cope with the incoming heatwave please visit our website.