Staying safe in the hot weather

Stay cool and avoid the sun

  • Keep out of the sun at the hottest time of the day, between 11am and 3pm.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and avoid becoming unwell.
  • Keep your home cool by closing windows and curtains in rooms that face the sun.
  • If you are outside remember to cover up, seek shade and apply sunscreen.
  • Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and what to do if you or someone else has them.

Find out more on the NHS website: Heat exhaustion and heatstroke – NHS


  • Drinking alcohol in hot weather should be avoided as it will cause dehydration.
  • If you need to drink try to alternate your drinks with water as this will increase your hydration levels.


  • You are at risk if you are using drugs that can increase your body temperature, alter behaviour and decrease your consciousness levels.
  • If you have to use then make sure you are not alone.
  • Contact our local drug services for a free Naloxone kit. Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose

Get help or support

  • You can use one of our cool spaces for respite and to get free sunscreen and water.
  • If you need support for your drug or alcohol use, contact our local drug and alcohol service VIA Greenwich online or give them a call on 0300 303 4552.


Designated Cool Spaces

  • Eltham Library: Archery Road, Eltham, SE9 1HA
  • Woolwich Library: 35 Wellington Street, Woolwich, SE18 6HQ
  • WSUP: 107 Brookhill Road, Woolwich, SE18 6BJ (Tuesdays 10am – 2pm & Saturdays 10.30am – 2.30pm)
  • Greenwich Winter Night Shelter (GWNS): 360 Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, SE9 5QH (Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am-1pm)
  • 999 Club: 21 Deptford Broadway, Deptford, SE8 4PA (Open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm).

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