Rotherham Council advises to stay safe in the sun

Published Wednesday, 25th July 2018
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Stay safe in the sun

Whilst residents might be enjoying the current warmer weather, they are also being asked to be prepared in case of higher temperatures over the coming days.

The Council wants to make sure, even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, that everyone takes simple precautions to stay healthy during periods of hot weather and when in the sun.

Residents are also being asked to look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.

Staff are being advised they should regularly check on vulnerable patients, share sun safety messages, make sure room temperatures are set below 26 degrees and ensure patients have access to cold water and ice.

Rotherham Council’s Director of Public Health Teresa Roche said: “We have wonderful outdoor spaces which people can enjoy whilst the weather is warm such as Clifton Park Splash Park and our country parks. However, while many people are appreciating the sunnier weather high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks. The older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”

Tips for coping in hot weather

The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them 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) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • 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 fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If you are worried generally about what to do in a heatwave* or hot weather either for yourself or somebody you know who you think might be at risk, for advice go to the NHS site:

NHS How to cope in hot weather

Age UK also has useful advice for older people:

Age UK health and wellbeing advice

Alternatively ring NHS

NHS 111image

Professionals and community groups can prepare for hot weather by reviewing the Heatwave Plan for England at:

Government Heatwave Plan for England

*Warnings that a heatwave may be imminent are triggered when the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60% chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days and the intervening night to have a significant effect on health.