Preparing your home for Summertime

Preparing your home for Summertime

Summer’s here and those long sunny day and hazy nights are just perfect for spending time with family and friends at home or out and about. We want you to have fun but also keep safe in the heat.

Here're some useful tips to help you stay safe.

 

Keep cool and drink water

  • Drink plenty of water and take it with you if travelling 

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am-3pm 

  • Stay indoors or in the shade as much as possible and keep babies and children out of the sun 

  • Apply sunscreen often if you do need to go outside 

  • Wear a hat or carry an umbrella for some shade from the sun 

  • Take shorter cooler showers 

  • Don’t leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially children and animals 

Please be a good neighbour and check on older and vulnerable people who live near you.

If you need medical help call 111 unless it’s an emergency. Dial 999 only in an emergency. Go to  NHS website  for more information.

 

Cool home 

Our homes are designed to keep in warm air so the very hot weather we’re experiencing is hard to cope with. To help keep your home cool:

  • Let in cool air 

Open the windows overnight or for a couple of hours in the early morning and before bed - this is when the air temperature is lowest

  • Encourage airflow 

Open windows on opposite sides of the home (and any loft windows / hatches) to let hot air out and cold in. Some flats may have windows one side only so you'll need to open the front-door and use a fan to encourage the air to flow

  • Keep out hot air and direct sunlight 

Close all windows, external doors, curtains and blinds before the heat outside rises

  • Use a fan 

Few homes have air conditioning so to help move cool air around the home, you can place a bowl of ice, safely, in front of an electric fan 

  • Fewer hot activities 

Don’t spend a long time cooking or run electrical items that generate heat

 

Barbecues – are you safe around the fire? 

Barbecues can be a great way to share a meal but please take care and keep safe.  

Please check your tenancy agreement if you want to use your barbecue in a communal garden as you may not be allowed to use the space in this way.  

Here are a few BBQ safety reminders:

  • Never leave any barbecue unattended
  • Ensure the barbecue is on a flat, level surface, well away from trees or shrubs
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
  • Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it
  • Keep a bucket of water at hand to use in an emergency 
  • Don’t have a barbecue on your balcony, it's dangerous and a fire risk to you and your neighbours
  • If you’re using a disposable BBQ or have ashes from a charcoal one, please make sure it has cooled before putting it in the bin. To avoid starting a fire you should allow it to cool for several hours and then consider pouring water over it to make sure it's out

 Pools 

Splashing around in the garden is great and helps to keep you cool, but you need to stay alert to enjoy your pool safely.  For example did you know that even 2cm of water can be deadly to a child and this can happen in just 30 seconds? (Royal Life Saving Society). Here are some useful ways to stay safe:

  • Empty pools at the end of the day 

Empty the pool of water as soon as you’ve finished using it. Do this responsibly. You can, for example use the water for flowerbeds or your plants. Pour the water out evenly over a large surface area. Don't just soak the ground where the pool is sitting as this can, over time, create an issue. 

  • Never leave your children unattended by the pool 

Keep young children within arm’s reach at all times. Know what to do in an emergency - you can find useful advice  here.