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Simple advice can help vulnerable stay well during the hot weather

For further details, please see the NHS heatwave advice

As Leicestershire looks set to experience high temperatures this week, the county council is offering advice to stay well as the hot weather continues.

Much of this advice is common sense and, for most people, warm weather can be very welcome. But it’s a good idea to keep an eye on those who are at risk from the heat, such as older people and those with underlying heart conditions.

Tips include:

  • 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

For further details, please see the NHS heatwave advice.

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