We encourage you to follow our simple precautions to keep comfortable and safe in the hot weather. Be on the lookout for any symptoms of heat-related illness and see your GP if you are unwell.
Keep fluids up
- stay hydrated—drink more water and carry a bottle with you when out and about
- avoid alcohol and caffeine—they can make dehydration worse
- stay indoors—use fans or air conditioners or visit cooler public places like the cinema or library
- limit strenuous activity—especially during the hottest parts of the day
- rest—get enough sleep and rest if you feel tired
- soak—take a cool shower or bath to cool down
Stay out of direct sunlight
- seek shade outside—wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and loose, comfortable clothing
- dress down—wear lightweight clothing and be sun smart
- use sunscreen—at least SPF30+ every 2 hours
- never leave anyone in an unattended car—temperatures inside can reach 50 degrees within minutes
People at greater risk
- keep a close eye on babies, children, pregnant women, the frail and elderly and people who are unwell or have disabilities
- don’t forget to check on your pets!
Watch out for friends and neighbours
- stay in touch with people around you to make sure they’re ok.