In winter we become very aware of the issues that the homeless community face in extreme conditions however in summer conditions can be just as challenging. Hot weather can be more problematic for a rough sleeper than the cold.
Being unable to escape the heat can lead to sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heatstroke it needs to be treated as an emergency.
The signs of heat exhaustion include:
- dizziness and confusion
- loss of appetite and feeling sick
- excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
- cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
- fast breathing or pulse
- temperature of 38C or above
- being very thirsty
There are some simple ways you can help to prevent rough sleepers experiencing these issues:
Help Keep Hydrated