Staying safe in the hot weather

The UK has seen an unprecedented bout of warm weather throughout the summer months. With the weather set to stay warm for the next few weeks, the Severn Trent Trust Fund wanted to share some tips and advice to keep yourselves, others and pets safe during the hot weather, as well as ways to save water during the summer days.

  1. Avoid the heat – try planning your day to avoid going out during the hottest time of the day. (11am-3pm)
  2. Wear loose clothing – if you do go out remember to wear loose cool clothing, a hat and sunglasses.
  3. Shut windows and keep your curtains closed – keep your house cool by blocking the sun out. Keep windows shut and closing curtains will keep the shade in and keep your house cooler.
  4. Keeping rooms cooler – use shades or reflective material outside your windows. Alternatively use light coloured curtains (dark curtains can make the room hotter) and keep them closed.
  5. Keeping cool – have cool showers and splash yourself with cool water to stop yourself from overheating.
  6. Stay hydrated – keeping yourself hydrated during the warm weather is very important. Drink plenty of cold drinks such as water and diluted juice drinks. Try to avoid excess alcohol as well as caffeine and drinks in high sugar.
  7. Check up on others – don’t forget to check on others as well, friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less at risk during the warm weather.

Don’t forget your pets will also be feeling the effects of the summer sunshine. Here are some tips on how to keep them cool:

  1. Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans. Leaving pets in isolated warm areas (even for just a short while) can see temperatures rise to 47 degrees which can result in death.
  2. Sun cream – did you know that there is pet friendly sun cream? You can use the sun cream on exposed parts of your pets skin, such as the tips of the ears and nose to help avoid sunburn. If you are unsure of which sun cream is the right product please check with your vet first. 
  3. Ice cubes – putting ice cubes into your pets drinks will help to keep them cool, similarly try making some treats and freezing them.
  4. Damp towels – give your pets some welcome relief by using damp towels or an ice pack wrapped inside a towel to keep them cool.
  5. Walking – when walking your pets remember to be conscious of the time, the RSPCA recommend walking your pets in the morning or evening. This will ensure they are not at risk of burning their paws on the pavement or getting heatstroke.

As well as keeping yourself safe and protected during the summer months, don’t forget that you can still save water (and money) during the hot period. Here Severn Trent provide some great tips on how you can be water wise:

  1. Swap your sprinkler for a watering can – Sprinklers can use up to 1,000 litres of water in just one hour, that’s more than a family of four uses in two days. A watering can will do a similar and save water along the way.
  2. Replace the hosepipe for a bucket – A hosepipe uses around 500 litres of water every 30 minutes, replace it for a bucket.
  3. Water plants in the evening – water your plants (using a watering can) in the evening. It is more effective as less water will evaporate.
  4. Lawns are survivors – unless you have new turf or seed don’t worry about watering it, your lawn will bounce back once it starts raining again.
  5. Utilise your water butt – This is one of the easiest ways to save water. Having a water butt can collect and provide water for your plants during the summer months.
  6. Reuse your water – Just washed your vegetables? Use the water for your plants as well.
  7. Fill your dishwasher – Most dishwashers use less water than washing up by hand. Just make sure you fill it up before starting it.
  8. Always use a bowl – Remember to fill up your washing bowl instead of letting a tap run. This can save up to 20 litres every single minute.
  9. Turn the taps off – by simply turning your tap off when brushing your teeth you could save six litres of water every minute.
  10. Fix the leaks – a dripping tap or a leaking loo can waste up to 5,000 litres of water every year, if you see a leak make sure you get it fixed.
  11. Choose the shower – Having a cool short shower is the best way to cool down during the summer months, it also saves tonnes of water too. Did you know one bath can use over 80 litres of water? By showering you can save over 40 litres every time.

With the warm weather set to stay for the next few weeks, we hope that you find these tips helpful to keep you safe, hydrated and cool as well as helping you to save some money. If you have any great ideas or tips why not share them with us? Let us know what you have been doing on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

The Severn Trent Trust Fund is an independent grant making charity. The Trust is helping people out of poverty thanks to generous donations from Severn Trent. If you are struggling and need help then please contact us here.

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