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Hot weather safety

​Keeping cool

Extreme heat can cause heat exhaustion, heatstroke and dehydration. Older people and children are particularly at risk.

There are lots of ways you can keep cool and reduce the risks:

  • stock up on food and drink supplies so you don't have to go out into the heat everyday
  • avoid going outside during the hottest time of day 11am to 3pm
  • leave strenuous activities like gardening or DIY for later on in the day when it is cooler
  • take cold baths and showers
  • drink plenty of fluids but avoid coffee and alcohol
  • provide shade for babies with parasols
  • freeze ice lollies for children
  • keep your home cool by closing curtains, opening windows and using fans
  • when you go out wear a sun hat and loose light clothing, try to stay in the shade and carry water with you

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke on NHS choices website

Dehydration on NHS choices website

Keeping your pets cool

Animals also suffer in the heat and can suffer from heatstroke. When it is possible you should keep them indoors during the hottest part of the day.

There are many ways you can help them to stay cool:

  • give them plenty of fresh clean water
  • provide a cool shady place to rest
  • dogs love a paddling pool to play in
  • spray them with cool water
  • walk dogs early in the morning or later on when its cooler
  • give them frozen treats
  • never leave an animal inside a car on a hot day

Keep dogs cool on RSPCA website

Fire safety

When the weather is extremely hot the ground dries out and this significantly increases the risk of fires. You should avoid bonfires and be extremely careful with barbecues and discarded cigarettes.

Fire Safety (staying safe section)

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