With more warm weather expected this weekend, many of us will be looking to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sun – but it’s important we do it safely.
During heatwaves, more people than usual get seriously ill or sadly, even die. With more warm weather on the way, make sure it does not harm you or anyone you know.
Tips for coping in hot weather
Keep out of the heat if you can. If you have to go outside, stay in the shade especially between 11am and 3pm, wear sunscreen, hat and light clothes, and avoid exercise or activity that makes you hotter.
Cool yourself down. Have cold food and drinks, avoid alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks, and have a cool shower or put cool water on your skin or clothes.
Keep your living space cool. Close windows during the day and open them at night when the temperature outside has gone down. Electric fans can help if the temperature is below 35 degrees. Check the temperature of rooms, especially where people at higher risk live and sleep.
Don't get caught out: stay safe around water
Every year in the UK, around 400 people die from drowning because of an accident in or around water.
With more warm weather expected this weekend, make sure you know how to stay safe around water, including how to avoid cold water shock.
Fire safety advice during warm weather
Fire safety does not stop at your front door, there are significant risks to be aware of outdoors too.
Warmer weather and the increased numbers of people visiting the countryside creates a greater risk of fire.
When you're out and about, please follow safety advice from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to reduce the dangers of fire.
Top tips: Reducing the risk of wildfires this summer
Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness.
- Put out cigarettes and other smoking materials properly before you leave your vehicle.
- If you see a fire in the countryside, call 999 immediately.
- Avoid open fires in the countryside. Always have them in safe designated areas.