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Advice for hot weather and heatwaves

Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody during the hot weather.

Whether on holiday or at home - people can protect themselves by following the Sun Smart messages:

  • Spend time in the shade between 11am to 3pm
  • Make sure you never burn by taking sensible precautions
  • Aim to cover up with a t-shirt, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Remember to take extra care with children
  • Then use a factor 15 plus sunscreen

In hotter temperatures, it can become uncomfortable indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day when safe to do so.

    Anyone taking medication should also consider keeping them in the fridge as many should be stored in below 25 degrees Celsius.

    People should also think about food safety, as the number of cases of food poisoning doubles over the summer due to undercooked meat and the spreading of germs from raw to cooked food when using the barbecue. 

    Another problem during summer is the increase in pollution levels - this can cause difficulties for people who suffer form asthma or other respiratory conditions. People affected need to monitor all their symptoms regularly, keep an inhaler to relieve symptoms handy, and look out for media announcements on air quality.