Keep Safe in the Heat

Published: Tuesday 30th June 15

The council is working with vulnerable people and residents are being urged to look out for their neighbours following the issuing of a heatwave warning.

The Met Office has declared a Level 2 Heat-health alert. This is triggered when the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60 per cent or higher chance of temperatures being high enough to have a significant effect on health.

The weather alert covers much of England, including London

Elderly people, those with long-term illnesses and other vulnerable people could be in danger in very hot weather.

Council social workers and housing staff working with residents in sheltered housing, users of the council’s Watch and Telecare Services, people with long-term illnesses and other vulnerable residents have been given advice on staying cool during home visits, over the phone and on the online Adult Care Information Service.

The borough’s Clinical Commissioning Group, representing the borough’s GPs, is urging anyone with health concerns for themselves or for someone they know to contact their GP or pharmacist.

The council’s public health department is urging residents to look out for their elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

They are advised to:

  • Read the advice issued by Public Health England, which can be found online
  • Take water and/or a fan to them if necessary
  • Ensure they are keeping their fluid intake up
  • Ensure their heating is off and their home is ventilated.

Information and advice about looking after yourself and others is also available on the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/.

   

a 60 per cent or higher chance of temperatures being high enough to have a significant effect on health.

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