It’s the most wonderful time of the year…enjoy the heat, but stay safe
Gloucestershire is due to experience hot weather over the next few days and the county council wants to remind people to keep safe whilst enjoying the sunshine and heat.
The council is encouraging people to be mindful of the risks that hot weather can bring with it, and to keep an eye on those more vulnerable.
Some of the main risks posed by very hot weather include dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Although these can affect anyone, the most vulnerable groups include older people, especially over 75’s, babies and young children, people with existing health conditions, like heart and breathing problems.
Public Health England publish tips on how to beat the heat and suggest listening to weather forecasts, drinking plenty of water, avoiding heavy activity and finding somewhere cool as ways to keep cool during hot weather.
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health, said: “I know that when the weather is good we all want to enjoy it, but there are risks that come with it.
“We want to make sure everyone stays safe and looks out for themselves and others around them.
“This doesn’t mean you need to avoid the sun completely, just be mindful about taking the necessary precautions and looking out for the more vulnerable.”
Sarah Scott, director of public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “If you are out in the hot weather, our advice is to apply at least SPF 15 suncream, keep cool by relaxing in the shade, cover up with loose clothing and enjoy plenty of cold drinks.
“If someone becomes unwell, after being out in the hot weather, we advise getting them somewhere cool to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink. If they develop symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, dizziness or cramps, which don’t go away, seek emergency medical attention.”
For more information about on how to stay safe in hot weather, visit http://www.nhs.uk/heatwave.