Heatwave alert – advice to stay safe

The Met Office forecast of a 70 per cent chance of temperatures reaching heatwave conditions between Thursday morning and Saturday. It reports that warm air focused in the west on Friday will become more widespread across the region on Saturday. It’ll feel very humid, particularly on Saturday with cooler conditions expected from Sunday onwards.

Those who work outdoors, such as farmers, builders, gardeners and sportsmen are advised to take a safer approach to the sun in summer in order to help reduce the incidence of skin cancer; the incidence of skin cancer in men is increasing at a faster rate than it is for women.

Key advice in hot weather includes:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm. Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat if you have to go out in the heat. Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • Take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down.
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes.
  • If you are travelling, make sure you take water with you, check weather forecasts and traffic news.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as water, food and any medications you need.
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down.

People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment or go to www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx

The free web app Health Help Now can be used to check symptoms or to find out when and where local services are open. It can be downloaded to mobile phones (from the App Store and Google Play), tablets, laptops and desktop computers from www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net

More information about the Heatwave Plan for England is available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england

More information on the NHS “Cover up Mate” campaign is available through www.nhs.uk/livewell/skin/pages/sunsafe.aspx


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