Keep cool in the heatwave

Published: Tuesday, 23 July 2019

With the weather set to soar to record temperatures in Havering this week, we want to ensure that our residents keep their cool.

There are lots of tips and advice available to help you beat the heat. 

It’s important to stay out of the heat and keep yourself cool, and don’t forget to check on your neighbours and others too.

We've activated the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) so that anyone who is rough sleeping will have access to advice and support from Street Link.

Here are some things you can do:

  • keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks 
  • fill up your water bottle at the following - Refill London sites
  • sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck 
  • keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and, if safe to do so, open windows at night when the temperature has dropped 
  • close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
  • turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat 
  • keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool 
  • ensure that babies, children and elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars 
  • don’t leave your pets in cars or other hot environments
  • check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave 
  • be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed 
  • if you have a health problem, and have heat cramps that last for more than an hour, seek medical attention
  • consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist