NHS in Leeds offers heat health advice during hot weather

As the weather in Leeds continues to be warm and sunny, it’s important to remember that this weather can pose health risks for some people. That’s why the NHS in Leeds are offering advice and guidance for staying well in hot weather.

During sunny spells, it’s important for Leeds residents to protect themselves and others from too much sun or heat; to carry water when travelling; and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

Dr Sarah Forbes, GP Partner and Interim Medical Director at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“Although the warmer welcome is welcome by many of us, it is important to remember that heat can cause health issues which can be prevented. From avoiding sunburn, dehydration, and taking extreme caution at the hottest time of the day, (11am – 3pm,) it is best to prepare, particularly for the younger, older, or most vulnerable of your friends and family. As this week (18-25 June) is Drowning Prevention Week, it also crucial to adhere to advice and guidance at open-water sites, or on the Royal Life Saving Society UK website if you are planning to swim outdoors.”

Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. If spending time outdoors remember to take water or other hydrating drinks with and ensure there is protection from the sun during the hottest hours of the day, usually between 11:00-15:00.

For some people, especially older people and those with underlying health conditions, the summer heat can bring real health risks. Temperatures indoors can be higher than temperatures outdoors. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those who may be at risk this summer and check in on friends, family or neighbours who may need any support.

Top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Use cool spaces if going outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, vulnerable adults, or animals.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
  • When outside in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Take water when travelling.
  • During warm weather, going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief. If this is open water swimming, take care and follow local safety advice as well as checking out open water swimming advice at: Open Water Safety Tips | Royal Life Saving Society UK ( RLSS UK )


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