How to stay safe and healthy during the heatwave

Advice on how to cope in the hot weather…

Temperatures continue to soar across the country and are set to hit record-breaking highs tomorrow (Thursday).

Here are some top tips to help you, your friends and family stay safe and cool during this week’s heatwave:

Sun safety

When the weather’s hot, don’t just rely on sunscreen to protect you. Make sure you:

  • use at least factor 30 sunscreen
  • make sure you never burn
  • wear suitable clothing – wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water, lower-fat milks, tea and coffee are good options
  • protect your eyes from the sun – wear a hat or sunglasses
  • look out for others, especially older people, young children, babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • close curtains or blinds on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you, especially if you are travelling

Knowing the signs of dehydration

Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it isn’t treated it can get worse and become a serious problem. Symptoms in both adults and children include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dark yellow and strong smelling pee
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling tired
  • Dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • Peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day

You should aim to drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water or sugar free drinks a day to keep hydrated and prevent UTI’s from occurring.

Healthy wee

As you’ve just read, it’s important to stay hydrated in this hot weather. One of the ways you can check is to look at the colour of your wee – the paler the better. The poster below can help you check for signs of dehydration.

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