Stay cool, stay safe during the heatwave

With “heatwave” conditions in London this week, residents of West London are advised to stay safe in the sun, and to keep an eye out for the more vulnerable.

High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for older people, young children, babies and those with serious illnesses.

People are reminded to have plenty of cold drinks, and to keep their homes as cool as possible. It can help to keep windows shaded and shut and shut during the day, opening them at night during the cooler hours.

Key advice for keeping safe in the heat:

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
  • have lots of cool drinks
  • look out for others, especially vulnerable people
  • remember that people with asthma, heart disease and other chronic conditions are additionally sensitive to heat
  • bear in mind that alcohol and prescription drugs can worsen the effect of heat.
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially young children or animals

 

More information and advice on staying safe in hot weather is available from Public Health England and the NHS.

Information from the Muslim Council of Britain on keeping hydrated during the current period of Ramadan can be found here

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