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June 9, 2023

Advice for staying cool in hot weather

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is reminding people how to stay safe and well and reduce pressures on local health systems, as the UK Health Security Agency issue heat-health alerts for high temperatures.

A yellow alert has been issued across the North West of England and is in place from 9am on Friday 9 June to Monday 12 June.

Long periods of hot, sunny weather can see NHS Emergency Departments experience a rise in the number of people presenting with dehydration and sun stroke.

In an effort to reduce potential heat-related health conditions, people are being advised to follow NHS tips:

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • Stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, take water with you if travelling
  • 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 and apply sunscreen regularly
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
  • Never jump into or swim in open water (including reservoirs, rivers, canals and ponds). Follow local safety guidance and advice from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
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