Little things can make a huge difference in this hot weather

With the hot weather set to continue for a day or two yet, it’s vital that everyone looks after themselves and their loved ones to ensure they stay healthy in the heat.  Very often it’s simple things that help make life more bearable when it is hot and humid.

WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton says in recent days WMAS has seen large increases in the number of calls that are related to the current heatwave:

 

In the heat it’s time to show some community spirit and look out for your loved ones and also your neighbours, especially if they’re elderly:

 

In this hot weather it’s vitally important that people drink enough to keep themselves hydrated, but you might be surprised what’s best:

 

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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