Beat the heat - coping with heat

Although most of us welcome the summer sun, high temperatures can be harmful to your health. The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm.

It is therefore important that you know what actions to take to keep yourself and others safe from high temperatures.

These pages will tell you how to stay safe in hot weather, including how to keep your home cool. It tells you who is at greatest risk of ill health from the heat, how to recognise when you or someone’s health may be affected, and what to do if you or someone else becomes unwell as a result of the heat.

Stay cool at home

Some of us will spend more time at home this summer. Know how to keep your home cool.

Stay cool, keep well

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Slow down when it is hot. Stay connected, listen to the forecast.

Cooler, safer places

Find somewhere cool to rest, indoors or outdoors. Self-isolate at home if advised to do so. Use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance.

Watch out!

Be aware of signs of heat-related illness. Cool your skin with water, slow down and drink water. Stay safe when swimming. Get help. Call NHS 111 or in an emergency 999.

For more information visit the NHS Heatwave website.

Beat the heat checklist

This helps you to identify if a home may be at risk of overheating and if occupants there may be at risk of ill health from overheating. The second part details how to reduce overheating and where to get help.

Download the beat the heat checklist