- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Encourage them to have cool baths or showers, Place a cool washcloth on the back of the neck and a pan of cool water close by to periodically re-cool the towel.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol – water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options. Drink fruit juice, smoothies and soft drinks, but they can be high in sugar. Aim for 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, more if it’s very hot.
- Plan ahead to make sure they have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications they need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so they know where to go to keep cool.
- Think about Wearing loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if they go outdoors.
Contact NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell.