Stay Sun Safe:

Experiencing Homelessness in a Heatwave


filling a water bottle
suncream in hand
Summer is finally here and we’ve been experiencing some sunny weather in our area. While heatwaves might be good for barbecues and sunbathing, if you are experiencing homelessness this can be dangerous and potentially life threatening time. This post will explain some ways you can keep yourself and others safe during a summer heatwave.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is a significant risk in hot weather, so it’s vital to stay hydrated throughout the day. Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it regularly, taking sips even when you don’t feel particularly thirsty. Water is the best thing to drink when needing to stay hydrated.

Find Shade

During extreme heat finding respite from the sun is important. Finding shade or shelter indoors can help you to escape the temperatures and direct sunlight. Places such at the Purfleet Trust Health and Wellbeing Centre offer people experiencing homelessness an essential indoor environment during the heat of the day.

Use Refill Stations

In our area there are places where you can refill a water bottle. For example, the refill fountain at the King’s Lynn Bus Station allows you to refill a bottle with cold water to make sure that you are properly hydrated.

Dress Appropriately

Choosing the right clothing can significantly impact your comfort level during a heatwave. Opt for loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. To avoid sunburn think about covering up arms and legs with long sleeves and trousers. Wearing light-colored clothing can also help reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them.

Wear Hats & Sunglasses

Protect you face, head and neck from sunburn consider covering your head with a hat or cap. You can also protect your eyes from UV rays with sunglasses.

Use Sunscreen

Sun screen is vital when out in a heatwave. To protect your skin properly, look for sunscreen Factor 50 with a high UV rating. Remember to apply it regularly throughout the day.

A heatwave can be a serious threat to your health if you’re experiencing homelessness. By following these tips, you can take proactive steps to protect yourself during a summer heatwave. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day, dress appropriately, find shade, and use sunscreen. You can connect with supportive organizations, like The Purfleet Trust, and remember to stay vigilant about your personal well-being.

If you would like to give any items to help someone experiencing homelessness in the area this summer, you can donate to The Purfleet Trust!

We are currently in need of:

  • Sunscreen (Factor 30+)
  • Caps & hats
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Squash
  • Bottled water

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