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20-06-2017 by 
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Extreme heat can have a significant effect on health.

Even if temperatures do not hit ‘extreme’ levels, do remember to:

  • keep safe in the sun
  • seek shade to cool down
  • keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids

If you think that you or someone you know is suffering from heatstroke or heat exhaustion, it is very important you react quickly.

The St John Ambulance service has some very helpful advice for heatstroke:

http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/hot-and-cold-conditions/heat-exhaustion.aspx

Young people

Try to ensure you are protected as much as possible, this should include:

  • wearing sunscreen
  • wearing a sun hat and sunglasses
  • drinking plenty of cold drinks (especially when travelling – carry a bottle of water at all times!)

General advice

We urge everyone to be aware, and be careful while enjoying this hotter than usual summer, and to:

  • Take sensible precautions to avoid sunburn (try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm and wear sunscreen)
  • Wear loose cotton clothing
  • Drink lots of cool drinks
  • Seek shade (but remember sunburn can even occur when in partial shade or when cloudy).
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • Keep bedroom and living spaces cool. Do this by:
    • closing curtains on windows in direct sunlight
    • opening windows at cooler times of the day
    • turning off non-essential electrical items as these generate heat
  • Look out for your friends, family and neighbours, especially:
    • vulnerable adults
    • young children and babies
    • those with serious illnesses

Members of the Muslim Community who are fasting during the month of Ramadan are advised to take care in hot weather this summer.

  • Drinks such as liquorice drinks, date, rose and pomegranate molasses drinks and locust bean drinks are particularly helpful to rehydrate the body.
  • Avoid drinking tea at Suhoor (the time before dawn), as tea increases salt excretion in the urine.
  • Try to minimize daily exercise
  • It is important for people to limit their exposure to the sun and those people who work in the sun must take regular breaks
  • Have a shower twice a day to cool and refresh yourself
  • Avoid sitting under the sun, there could be a chance of a heat stroke
  • If commuting, try to avoid rush hour and busy trains/tubes/buses
  • Wear loose light clothing to keep cool. 

 

 

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