The Met Office has issued a Level 4 Hot Weather Alert, with a 100% probability of extreme hot weather in the North West of England – as per the following link: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/?tab=heatHealth&season=normal#?tab=heatHealth
Extreme hot weather can increase the health risks to vulnerable people, particularly at the moment whilst Covid-19 is still in circulation.
Chris McBrien, Consultant in Public Health, has asked if you could please share the advice / guidance where appropriate:
Follow the tips below to ensure you stay safe during the hot weather:
- Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
- Wear at least factor 30 sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and remember to apply 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply every couple of hours. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- Ensure all children wear a hat or head covering.
- Ensure children wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
- Ensure everyone has plenty of cold drinks to keep hydrated (avoiding caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks).
- It is advisable to eat cold foods, particularly washed salads and fruit with a high water content.
- Keep the environment cool by keeping windows that are exposed to the sun closed or shaded – electric fans will help too and ensure a flow of air.
- DO NOT use an electric fan if anyone in the home is unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Ensure there are shaded areas in the play areas.
- Don’t leave babies and young children alone especially in cars or rooms which get very warm such as conservatories.
- Monitor children and vulnerable adults with health conditions.
- Ensure that medication is kept below 25C.
- Take extra care when planning outdoor activities such as barbecues, which involve prolonged time spent outdoors as well as posing an additional fire risk.
- Don’t jump into cold water (dams etc) to cool down. Extreme caution should be taken if entering, playing or swimming in open water.
More information can be found via the following link to the Heatwave Plan, with tailored advice provided for health and social care professionals: Heatwave Plan for England.
You may also wish to access Summer Weather Ready messages and resources via the following link: www.metoffice.gov.uk/weatherready