How to stay safe and cool in the summer heatwave

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The UK has seen the hottest day so far this year as the temperatures soared to around 30°C on Saturday, but are you staying healthy?

With no sign of the weather cooling down yet, as Europe continues to experience high temperatures which are set to blow our way, the extreme heat can cause problems for many – especially the vulnerable.

So how do the experts advise us to stay cool and healthy in the heatwave?

Lloyds pharmacist Callum Smith game some crucial tips on how to stay safe in the heat:

  • Stay inside or in the shade as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
  • Wear sun cream and a sun hat.

Callum added: “If you have elderly relatives or neighbours make sure to check on them in the hot weather to ensure they are drinking enough and are safe from heatstroke.”

Heat exhaustion starts with symptoms such as a headache, dizziness and confusion, loss of appetite, excessive sweating, cramps, fast breathing, being thirsty and a temperature of above 38°C or above.

Heat exhaustion isn’t usually serious, as long as you can cool down within 30 minutes.

However, if you don’t cool down, this can turn into heatstroke which includes symptoms such as fainting, vomiting or seizures and the NHS suggests calling an ambulance immediately.

Four steps to cool down in the event of heat exhaustion:

  1. Move to a cool place
  2. Lie down and elevate your feet slightly.
  3. Drink plenty of water, although sports and rehydration drinks work too.
  4. Cool down with cold compresses and fans. The best places for the packs are in your armpits and the back of your neck.

Callum also advised: “If you are on prescription medications, get in touch with your pharmacist for advice as some, such as diuretics and blood pressure tablets are more likely to dehydrate you.”

It is not just medical professionals that are calling for care as the degrees keep climbing, the RSPCA are also reminding pet owners on how to keep pets feeling comfortable and healthy in the sun.

  • Never leave animals in hot car, conservatories, caravans or outbuildings for even a short amount of time.
  • Make sure your pet always has fresh, clean drinking water and shade to keep cool.
  • Put ice cubes in your cat or dog’s water to ensure they stay really cool.
  • Putting down damp towels can provide your pet a place to keep refreshed in the heat.
Guinea Pigs in the Sun
Guinea Pigs in the Sun

To get more information on the current weather trends take a look at the Met Office data for your area and prepare for the forecast.


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