Staying safe while temperatures rise

Published: Friday, June 28, 2019

Very hot weather is expected over the weekend and Wandsworth Council is urging people to take extra care of themselves and keep an eye on elderly neighbours.

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Advice for being safe in the heat includes:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals.
  • If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave