Heatwave Safety

During a heatwave, there is an increased risk of incidents like fire, water rescue and health issues due to the hot weather. Check out our heatwave safety tips to reduce risk and stay safe during the summer.



When temperatures soar, we all need to keep a cool head when it comes to our safety.

Remember – if you do have an emergency, always call 999.

But there’s lots we can do to avoid emergencies in the first place – from being sensible with barbecues, bonfires and near open water, to carefully disposing of cigarettes and matches.

Please also check in on vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours who might struggle to cope with the heat.

We’ve pulled together our top pages of safety tips for playing it cool when the heat is on.

Here are our top pages for summer safety


There are risks to health during the hot summer months, particularly if someone is vulnerable or elderly. But it can be a risk to anyone. 

The main health risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration from not drinking enough water
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have existing heart or breathing problems
  • heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Visit the NHS website linked below for further information on keeping yourself, friends and family safe.

NHS - Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather