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    Many parts of the UK are experiencing a heatwave across July and August. Across various parts of Kent weather is predicted to reach close to 40 degrees.

    A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

    • older people – especially those over 75
    • those who live on their own or in a care home
    • people who have a serious or long-term illness
    • those who may find it hard to keep cool
    • people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places.

    We want to keep our residents, staff, and communities as safe as possible and have a list of useful tips and tools to help keep you cool:

    1. Make sure you keep up to date with the most accurate forecasts for your location from the MET Office.
    2. If you don’t regularly use the internet or have access to a computer, keep up to date with forecasts via the TV or radio.
    3. Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
    4. Avoid direct heat: stay out of the sunshine and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
    5. Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors, and apply sun cream.
    6. Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed. Blinds and heavy curtains can make the room hotter.
    7. Have cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water when you can.
    8. Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee, and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
    9. Plan ahead of the heat to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need ahead of the hottest days and weeks.
    10. Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
    11. If you feel unwell, please call 111 or if you're in one of our schemes please use your personal alarm or speak to a member of staff.

    The NHS website also has a range of useful information on keeping cool.

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