16th Dec, 2019

Stay safe plea as rising temperatures set to bring heatwave to Redditch

Correspondent 26th Jun, 2019

THE Met Office have sent out a heatwave alert and people are being urged to look out for themselves and vulnerable residents by taking steps towards staying cool.

Although welcomed by most, hot weather can cause a real danger to health – particularly to the very elderly and the seriously ill.

People with existing medical conditions, young children and babies are also potentially at risk during a warm spell.

The highest temperatures are predicted between Thursday and Saturday this week, June 27-29 and these temperatures could be high enough to have a significant effect on health.

Experts say exposure in these excessive temperatures can bring on heat-related illnesses, so it is important to try and prevent these by protecting yourself through necessary measures.

Being a good neighbour and checking in on relatives and friends who may be vulnerable to the heat can help everyone stay healthy.

The advice is:

Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes

Walk in the shade

Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection

Wear a hat and light scarf

Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Drink lots of cool drinks

Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as elderly people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses

Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

For more information on how to enjoy the sun safely, visit Cancer Research’s SunSmart website.

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