Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are: 

Who is most at risk?

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • older people, especially those over 75

  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems

  • people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson's disease or who have had a stroke

  • people with serious mental health problems

  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.

  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).

  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.

  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

If you're worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority.

Environmental health workers from your local authority can visit a home to inspect it for hazards to health, including excess heat. Seek help from a GP or contact 111 if someone is feeling unwell and shows symptoms of:

  • breathlessness

  • chest pain

  • confusion

  • intense thirst

  • weakness

  • dizziness 

  • cramps which get worse or don't go away 

Get the person somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink. 

Don't forget that our Care Team is always there to help if you need any advice or support. Contat us via chat, email or phone.

With love and Care,

Contact us:
Tel: 0203 095 8252
Email: support@birdie.care

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