How to stay safe during a heatwave

This week is set to be the hottest in British history with temperatures across Yorkshire reaching nearly 40 degrees. Excessive heat can lead to a plethora of health issues including dehydration and heat stroke, especially if you are older or vulnerable. Below are just a few ways to stay safe in the current hot weather.

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol

Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, aiming for between two and three litres. As much as we all like a little tipple in the sunshine, alcohol can be very dehydrating so try to limit this as much as you can and make sure you drink plenty of water in between drinks if you are planning on any alcohol consumption.

  • Avoid strenuous activity

Excessive heat can lead to exhaustion and dehydration so try to avoid strenuous activity when the temperatures are at their highest, usually between 11 am and 5 pm. Where possible, try to exercise in a cool, well-ventilated area indoors during a heatwave.

  • Be prepared when you travel

If you are planning on travelling during a heatwave, try to travel during the coolest times of the day and make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen with you. Consider wearing a sunhat to give you additional shade and wear light, breathable clothing.

  • Check in on vulnerable people

Even though you may be tolerating the heat quite well, people who are older, children or those with certain health issues, particularly with the heart and lungs may be struggling. Keep an eye on your neighbours and children and ensure they all have plenty of water to hand.

  • Do not swim in open water

Although it may be tempting to cool off in a large pool of water, open water such as reservoirs, canals and even some coastal resorts can pose a risk of injury, or in severe cases, risk to life. Many contain hazards such as a strong undercurrents, uneven banks and riverbeds, weeds or hidden obstacles where a person may be trapped. For more water safety advice, please visit: