Staying healthy in the summer sunshine

Public Health England has issued advice on beating the heat – including for those people who the summer heat can bring real health risks, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children.

This summer we’re urging Camden residents to keep an eye on those at-risk, and think about who you may be able to assist with staying cool and hydrated.

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • drink plenty of water; sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes

By looking out for each other this summer we, health professionals, councils and the public, can all help each other stay well this summer.

There’s lots more guidance on NHS Choices and more detail in the Heatwave Plan for England.