Extreme heat is dangerous to everyone. During a Heatwave, when temperatures remain abnormally high for more than a couple of days, can be extremely dangerous for vulnerable or 'at risk' groups. However there are signs to look out for and ways to reduce the risk.
There are several things to look out for that are symptoms of heatstroke such as:
- Cramp in arms, legs or stomach
- Feeling of mild confusion or disorientation
- Muscle weakness in all parts of body
- Headaches, dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pale skin
- Weak pulse and/or high temperature
- Difficulty sleeping
There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of heatstroke.
- Where possible, stay indoors in the coolest room.
- Drink Plent of water or fruit juice to avoid dehydration and eat cold foods, such as salads and fruit with a high water content.
- Make sure your fridges and freezers are working correctly.
- Wear light, loose fitting clothes to absorb the heat and prevent skin irritation
- Close curtains at any windows that let in most sunlight, particularly south facing windows.
- Take a cold shower or bath and sprinkle some cold water onto your face and neck.
- Use a fan to keep the room nice and cool.
- Ensure that your house is properly and safely ventilated.
- Report to our Registered Manager if you have any difficulties with sleeping, tiredness or changes in behaviour.
- Speak to a neighbour that could provide extra help if you need some extra support.
Remeber if you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from heatstroke, call 999 immediately.