Heat Health Service | Staying safe this Summer

With temperatures rising over the summer period, are you aware of the met office heat health service? Designed to alert health professionals to enable them to take action when temperatures rise above a certain threshold, the service is also available to view online which ranks heat safety from 1-5.

According to NHS.uk:

Why is a heatwave a problem?

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • 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 regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

For more information visit GOV.UK: Heatwave Plan for England.

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