Heatwave Health Advice

Heatwave

LEVEL 1

Summer Preparedness

We will remain at this level unless a higher alert is triggered. During the summer months social and healthcare service will ensure that awareness and background prepared is maintained.

LEVEL 2

Alert and Readiness

This is triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts threshold temperatures for at least three days in any one region, or forecasts that there is a 60% chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have significant effects on health this is an important stage to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

LEVEL 3

Heatwave Action

This is triggered as soon as the Met office confirms that threshold temperature have been reached in one or more region. This stage requires specific actions targeted at high risk groups.

LEVEL 4

Major Incident

Emergency Response – This is triggered by Central Government and is reached when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside health and social care e.g power or water shortages.

For further information please refer to the National Heatwave Plan

Public Health England Heatwave Plan

Our Heatwave Top Tips

Stay Out of the Sun

The hottest part of the day is usually between 11.00am and 3.00pm

Avoid over exertion through physical activity

Wear light and loose-fitting clothes and a hat if you go outdoors

Plan ahead so that you don’t have to go out in extreme heat

If you have to go out in the heat, remember to try and walk in the shade and apply sunscreen

Be aware that certain medications may cause you to be more susceptible to the effects of a heatwave

Keep Cool

Keep hydrated by drinking cold drinks but avoid caffeine or alcoholic products

Have a cool shower or bath

Keep a damp cloth on your neck to help regulate your body temperature

Eat Normally even though you might not be as hungry, you need a normal diet to replace salt loses from sweating – Try having salads or fruit as the have high water contents!

Keep Your Environment Cool

Keep windows that have direct sunlight during the day closed

Watch out for metal blinds as these can absorb heat and become hot

Consider having external shading placed outside windows to limit the amount of direct sunlight or draw curtains

If it’s safe open windows for ventilation

Limit use of lights and electrical equipment as these generate heat

Move into a shaded room as these will be cooler

Check on Others

Check on your neighbours and vulnerable people as these are at most risk from the effects of heat

Ensure vulnerable individuals have supplies of food, water and their normal medication

Ensure pets and infants and elderly are not left in stationary cars

If you think someone is unwell seek medical attention

If You Are Fasting

It is important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water

For further guidance refer to the Ramadan Health Guidance

Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the MET Office

Further Advice

Further advice on Hot Weather and Heatwave can be found on NHS Choices