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Check out our top tips to help you stay cool and calm in warmer weather.

Published: 30/04/2024

Getting ready for summer? We all know it’s important to take precautions to stay safe and cool in warm weather. So, here are our top tips for when the UK heats up.

Keep yourself cool

Stay cool 

Avoid the heat by staying inside or in the shade during the hottest part of the day, from 11am - 3pm. Wear light clothes, a hat and sunscreen.  

Chill out  

Enjoy cool and refreshing drinks and food such as ice lollies, salads and fruits. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and hot drinks which can lead to dehydration.  

Cool down 

Take a cool shower or spray cool water on your skin or clothes. You can also use a cold pack under your arms or on your neck. 

Stay hydrated 

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and to help regulate your body temperature. 

Check on others 

Look out for vulnerable neighbours. If you’re concerned seek medical advice. Dial 999 in emergencies or for suspected heatstroke. 


Keep your house cool 

Minimise heat 

Avoid using heat generating household appliances where possible, such as a clothes dryer or dishwasher. Use microwaves or slow cookers instead of ovens during hot weather.  

Stay cool indoors 

During the day, keep windows closed to block out heat. Open them at night or early in the morning for cooler air. For better airflow and a cool breeze, open windows on opposite sides of your home.  

Draw the curtains 

Keep blinds and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day. Blackout curtains are most efficient at blocking out sunlight and heat. 

Find the cool spot 

Stay in the coolest room in your home if you need to be indoors. Close off unused rooms to concentrate cooling efforts in occupied spaces. 

Use fans 

If it's under 35°C, electric fans can help. Place fans near windows to bring in cooler air from outside during the evening and early morning, when it’s cooler. You can even place bowls of ice or frozen water bottles in front of fans for an extra cooling effect. 

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