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Heatwave advice

  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio, TV (or sign up to the Council's twitter account #readingcouncil).
  • Drink lots of cool drinks (like water and diluted fruit juice) to stay hydrated - avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) and drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothing.
  • Stick to your coolest rooms. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items
  • Keep windows and curtains closed during the day - open windows for ventilation later once it has cooled down.
  • Take cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water.
  • When you go out wear a hat and UV sunglasses. Always protect exposed skin with sunscreen (min SPF 15 and UVA protection). Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (11am - 3pm) - if you must go out walk in the shade and take plenty of water with you. See for more advice.
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion - especially during the hottest part of the day.
  • Don't leave children or animals alone in stationary cars.

For more advice see the NHS Factsheet "Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather" 

Be a good neighbour

Please check on older neighbours and people with disabilities or health issues who are more at risk during a heatwave. 

  • Are they keeping themselves and their home cool - especially at night? 
  • Do they need help with shopping or essential errands (like collecting prescriptions). 
  • Can you spare time for a chat - a little companionship will make a huge difference

If you are worried that they are not coping please call a family member or Reading Social Care Services on 0118 937 3747.

Watch out for heat related illness

Severe heat exhaustion or heatstroke can be extremely serious and may require hospital treatment:

  • Children suffering from heat stress may seem out of character, or show signs of discomfort and irritability  These signs will worsen with physical activity and if left untreated can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.  
  • Heat exhaustion is where you become very hot and start to lose water or salt from your body. Common symptoms include weakness, feeling faint, headache, muscle cramps, feeling sick, heavy sweating and intense thirst.
  • Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able to cool itself and a person's body temperature becomes dangerously high. Heatstroke is less common, but more serious. Untreated symptoms include confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness.

If you are worried about someone call NHS 111 or in an emergency 999. 
For more information visit NHS Choices.

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