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Tips for Hot Weather

Here are our tips for staying safe and healthy when the sun is shining and temperatures are rising. While the sun offers numerous benefits, it’s essential to be mindful of potential risks.

Here are some key considerations for a safe and enjoyable time in the heat:

Stay Cool and Hydrated

Hydration is Key

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids to stay hydrated.

Cooling Strategies

Find ways to stay cool, especially during peak heat hours.

Keep Sun Safe

Sun Protection

Avoid sunburn and reduce the risk of skin cancers by using at least SPF30 sunscreen.

Timing Matters

Minimize sun exposure between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest.

Manage Long-Term Health Conditions

Heat Impact

Heat can worsen certain health conditions. Be extra cautious and seek medical advice if needed.

Medication Awareness

Some medications may affect tolerance

to hot weather.

Take Care When Swimming

Choose Safe Locations

If swimming outdoors, ensure it’s a safe and monitored area.

Awareness is Key

Look for warning signs and hidden dangers. Choose swimming pools with lifeguards.

Look Out for Others

Community Support

Regularly check on vulnerable individuals, including the elderly and those living alone.

Seek Medical Advice

If needed, encourage them to seek medical advice or contact NHS 111.

Be Alert to Heat-related Illnesses

Recognise Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms may include dizziness, irritability, faintness, fatigue, excessive thirst, or muscle spasms.

Act Promptly

Cool down and hydrate. If symptoms persist, especially for 30 minutes, seek medical advice.

Keep Food Safety in Mind

Enjoy Summer Safely

Whether having a BBQ or picnic, practice good food hygiene.

Prevent Bacterial Growth

Warm weather creates ideal conditions for bacteria. Follow food safety guidelines.

Additional Resources

Sandwell Council Website

Find more information and resources on staying well in hot weather.

Beat the Heat Poster

Download and print the informative poster available in various languages.

Remember

Enjoying the sun is wonderful, but prioritizing your wellbeing ensures a safe and pleasant experience. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed for a fantastic time in the summer sun!

Keeping Warm, Staying Healthy

We want to help you stay warm and healthy during the chilly months. Whether you’re indoors or out and about, taking care of your well-being is crucial, especially for individuals aged 65 and over or those with long-term health conditions.

Flu Protection

Winter often brings an increase in flu cases. Alongside staying warm, consider getting the flu vaccine for optimal protection. The vaccine guards against various flu viruses, and if you do catch the flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and shorter. Don’t miss your chance for a free flu jab, particularly if you’re eligible.

Why Get the Flu Vaccine

Increased Risk

Fewer people may have built up natural immunity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dual Infection Risks

Contracting flu and COVID-19 simultaneously increases the likelihood of severe illness.

Protective Shield

Getting vaccinated not only safeguards you but also those around you.

Learn more about Flu Protection

Book your COVID-19 Booster

Stay Warm Inside and Out

Keeping your home warm is essential, especially for your health. Low indoor temperatures can impact well-being, particularly for older individuals or those with medical conditions. Take simple steps to ensure a cozy home environment and explore financial support options for heating bills.

Tips for Keeping Warm

Keeping your home warm is essential, especially for your health. Low indoor temperatures can impact well-being, particularly for older individuals or those with medical conditions. Take simple steps to ensure a cozy home environment and explore financial support options for heating bills.

Room Heating

Maintain rooms you spend time in at a minimum of 18°C.

Draft Reduction

Use draft excluders to minimize drafts around doors.

Layer Up

Wear several layers of clothing for better insulation.

Keep Moving for Health

Daily movement is a key contributor to overall health. You don’t need a gym; find simple ways to stay active at home or in local outdoor spaces. Break up your day with short bursts of movement to boost energy levels.

#MoveMoreSandwell

Easy Daily Exercises

Incorporate simple exercises into your routine.

Outdoor Activities

Explore local spaces for walks or light exercises.

Health Advice When Unwell

If you’re feeling unwell, especially if you’re aged 65 or fall into high-risk groups, seek medical help promptly. Consult your local pharmacy for minor illnesses or contact your GP online or over the phone. Don’t hesitate to use NHS 111 for urgent medical problems.



Staying Safe in Cold Weather

Winter brings its challenges, but preparation is key. Learn how to protect yourself, your home, and support others in your community during cold weather.

Home Safety Measures

Incorporate simple exercises into your routine.

Heating
Optimization

Service your heating appliances
regularly for efficiency.

Fuel Selection

Choose cleaner fuels for
stoves and open fires.

Chimney
Maintenance

Regular chimney sweeps
reduce the risk of fires.

Help from Adult Social Care

For those needing support to live independently, Sandwell Council’s adult social care services offer advice and assistance. Reach out for information on services that can enhance your well-being.

Contact Information

Combatting Loneliness

Feeling lonely can affect your mood, so staying connected is crucial. Reach out to services offering regular phone chats, providing support when needed.

Loneliness Support

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