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Stay cool this summer

Public Health England has issued some general advice to people on staying healthy and avoiding heat-related illness.

This includes a reminder that prolonged high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

Public Health England’s summer campaign advises:

Stay connected:

  • Look after yourself, check on others especially the elderly
  • Listen to the weather forecasts and the news
  • Plan ahead to avoid the heat 

Keep well:

  • Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • Slow down and avoid heavy activity 

Find somewhere cool:

  • Know how to keep your home cool e.g. pull curtains or lower blinds to cover windows exposed to direct sunlight
  • Go indoors or outdoors, whichever feels cooler
  • Cars get hot, avoid closed spaces

Watch out

  • Be on the lookout for signs of heat related illness
  • If you’re too hot, cool your skin with water, slow down and rehydrate
  • Get help. Call NHS 111 or in an emergency 999

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave

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