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Staying Safe in the Heat

With temperatures set to soar this week, it’s important to stay safe in the heat and look after ourselves.

When it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks and overheating can exacerbate symptoms for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing.

There are steps you can take to keep yourself safe:

  • Stay indoors or shaded when the sun is as its hottest (11am – 3pm)
  • Drink plenty of cool fluids throughout the day
  • Eat cold foods with high water content such as salads and fruit
  • Try to keep your house cool – closing blinds or curtains can help
  • Take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • Sprinkle water over skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • Avoid alcohol – which can leave you dehydrated
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion

If you’re living with a chest, heart or stroke condition, or you care for someone who does, and you’re worried about staying safe in the heat, our Advice Line is here to help. You can call the Advice Line on freephone 0808 801 0899 or email

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