Stay safe during a heatwave

Britain's weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable, and as we experience more extreme temperatures we are urging people to keep an eye on their older neighbours to make sure they are happy, healthy and have everything they need during a heatwave.

Extreme temperatures can be particularly dangerous for older people, and sustained hot weather like the heatwaves we have experienced in recent years can trigger health problems unless care is taken to keep cool.

Visit the NHS summer health pages for more information about how to enjoy the rare British sunshine without feeling unwell.

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Keep cool, stay safe

Follow some of these tips for older people and their families to make sure you keep cool and stay safe during a heatwave.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking cool drinks such as water or soft drinks. Try to avoid hot drinks such as tea or coffee.
  • Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day, which is typically between 11am and 3pm.
  • Keep cool by splashing yourself with water throughout the day, or even have a cold bath or shower.
  • Make rooms in the house as cool as possible by closing blinds and curtains to keep the sun out and only open windows when it is cool enough outside to do so.
  • Find the coolest room in the house and spend time there if you need to.
  • Keep an eye on weather forecasts for what the temperature will be and make plans accordingly. Visit the Met Office's heat health pages for warnings of heatwave conditions.
    Please exercise your common sense when considering this guide and whether to take any of the steps that may be suggested in it. Whilst we have taken reasonable care to ensure that any factual information is accurate and complete, most of the information in this guide is based on our views and opinions (and sometimes the views and opinions of the people or organisations we work with). As a result, we cannot make any promises about the accuracy or the completeness of the information and we don’t accept any responsibility for the results of your reliance on it.

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