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Tips on staying cool in a heatwave

Date: 16th July 2013

Most of us welcome the hot weather especially after the colder spells the UK has experienced as of late, but when it’s too hot for too long there can be health risks.

During this prolonged period of heat, make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know.

Why is excessive heat a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion
  • heatstroke

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems, for example people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control

Tips for coping in hot weather

To find out more on how to stay cool and manage the effects of the hot weather please refer to these useful guides provided by:

You can also or visit the AskSARA website or call helpline on: 0300 999 0004 for further assistance or equipment based enquiries.

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