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Public Health England advise ‘take action in hot weather by shading windows exposed to direct sunlight’.

Public Health England (PHE) have released three resources giving a wealth of excellent advice to the British public on how to keep cool over the coming summer. Since we have just experienced unusually hot weather for April, where temperatures reached 29oc in London, heatwaves are on everyone’s mind.

PHE have devised a handy checklist to remind people of the dangers and the guidance that should be remembered during abnormally hot weather. Many of these measures are worthwhile exploring before it heats up again. For example, when it comes to keeping your home cool, PHE advise:


‘Take action in hot weather – shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight, external shutters or shades are very effective, while internal blinds or curtains are less effective but cheaper and easier to install.’


Blinds and shutters are quick and easy to install but do require some prior planning, particularly if you opt for external shading which offers the most benefit. To see how blinds can keep you cool this summer see this video produced by the BBSA.


‘…advanced planning and preparedness is essential.’ – PHE


What can you do to protect yourself and lessen the risk of overheating?

PHE’s advice covers several scenarios including; staying cool when outside the home or at work, helping the vulnerable stay cool and reducing temperatures inside the home, amongst others.


Below you can see an overview of the key ways to keep yourself (and any dependants) safe during a heatwave:

  • Find somewhere cool
  • Look after yourself, older people and the young
  • Listen to the weather forecast and the news
  • Plan to avoid the heat
  • Know how to keep your home cool
  • Go indoors or outdoors, whichever feels cooler
  • Cars get hot, avoid closed spaces
  • Drink plenty of water, cut back on alcohol & caffeinated drinks
  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • Slow down when it is hot
  • Be on the lookout for signs of heat related illness
  • Stay safe when swimming
  • Cool your skin with water, slow down and drink water
  • Get help. Call NHS 111 or in an emergency 999


For more detailed guidance, please read the information leaflet here.


Public Health England Heatwave plan:


BBSA Keep cool video:


Public Health England beat the heat checklist:


Public Health England beat the heat leaflet:



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