Take steps to stay safe during hot weather

Published: Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Residents are being advised to stay safe and to look out for vulnerable people as the high temperatures across the region are expected to remain.

The advice from Stoke-on-Trent City Council comes as the Met Office has issued a heatwave level two warning for four regions in England.

The main risks posed by a heatwave are dehydration, overheating – which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Anyone can be affected, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • Older people, especially those over 75.
  • Babies and young children.
  • People with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems.
  • People with mobility problems, for example those with Parkinson's disease or who have had a stroke.
  • People with serious mental health problems.
  • People on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control.
  • People who misuse alcohol or drugs.
  • People who are physically active, for example labourers or those doing sports.

Residents are being urged to look out for others during the hot weather, and take proactive measures to stay safe.

These include:

  • 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 water, as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated.
  • 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. NHS advice is for adults to use factor 15 sunscreen at all times, but for children it is up to factor 50, depending on age and sensitivity. Babies under six months old must always be kept out of direct sunlight.
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling.

Councillor Ann James, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and cabinet member for health and social care, said: “For some people, hot weather can bring real health risks, and we are urging everyone to keep an eye on those they know who may be at risk during this heatwave, and throughout the summer. Try to ask your friends, family or neighbours if they need any support – and make sure you take necessary measures to stay safe.”

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