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Heatwave Plan

The Heatwave Plan for England was launched on 1st June 2017. 

This aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England. It recommends a series of steps to reduce the risks to health from prolonged exposure to severe heat.

The document contains useful information on how to stay safe and protect those more vulnerable within our communities.

Stay out of the heat
• keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
• if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
and light scarf
• avoid extreme physical exertion
• wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down

• have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
• eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
• take a cool shower, bath or body wash
• sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

Keep your environment cool
• keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those
with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves
• place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the
• keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows
at night when the temperature has dropped
• close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, however, care should be taken
with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or
putting reflective material in-between them and the window space
• turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
• keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
• if possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
• electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C