Stay safe in hot weather
We're advising residents to take a few precautions to keep themselves healthy and safe in the hot weather.
A few top tops:
• Stay out of direct sun between 11am and 3pm.
• Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat; apply sunscreen and walk in the shade.
• Have plenty of cold drinks and keep cool with cold showers or baths if necessary, cold foods and by avoiding extreme activity.
• Keep homes cool as best you can, perhaps by keeping the curtains drawn on very hot days, and well ventilated.
• Remember some medicines need to be kept cool - check the instructions on the packet.
• Babies, children and older people (and pets) should not be left in stationary cars.
Tim Hutchings, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, said: "While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.
“Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks.
"Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”
If you feel unusually unwell consult your doctor if symptoms (such as headache, intense thirst, dizziness or muscular spasms) persist.
Further information and advice can be obtained from a free telephone call to NHS 111 or online from NHS at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth