Advice for staying cool this summer

Most of us look forward to a 'good summer', but high temperatures and humidity can present a risk to your health.  Follow our top ten tips to help you, and others, to be sun safe outside and to keep cool indoors.

  • Use sunscreen of factor 15 or above, applying it generously and topping up regularly.
  • When travelling, always carry a bottle of water.
  • Limit activities like housework and gardening to cooler times of the day.
  • Wear loose, light-weight cotton clothing
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat
  • Drink lots of fluids and eat more cold foods, especially salads and fruit, as these contain a lot of water.
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Close the curtains on windows that receive the sun and open your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat

More information is available in the Heatwave Plan for England 2013 from Public Health England and Age UK's free leaflet  Staying cool in a heatwave has helpful tips on protecting yourself from the heat and how to recognise heat-related illness, as well as the importance of sun exposure and vitamin D.