Take extra care in hot weather

With hot weather forecast this weekend Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours – and follow COVID-19  (coronavirus) advice.

Wearing face coverings and PPE in hot conditions can be uncomfortable but is no less important and must still be worn correctly.  Drink plenty of water and take breaks to cool down, in safety, if necessary.

Top tips:

  • Make sure you follow the COVID-19 social distancing guidance while looking out for others. Keep 2 metres apart from people outside your household and make sure you wash your hands regularly.
  • look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
  • Remember that while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, you will need to follow any additional government guidance to use public spaces safely.