Staying safe while temperatures rise

Published: Friday 16th June 17

The Met Office has triggered a Hot Weather Alert in the capital, with high temperatures expected over the weekend.

Wandsworth Council is urging people to take extra care in this spell of warm weather, as temperatures high enough to have a significant effect on health are expected to be reached.

Level two heatwave alerts have been issued for the borough, and temperatures are expected to rise this weekend.

People should now be aware of the actions they should take to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather, and social and healthcare services are advised to take specific actions that target high-risk groups.

Advice for being safe in the heat includes:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals
  • If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said:

“Warm weekend weather is enjoyable for many people, but it is important to remember that high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“Follow public health messages on how to enjoy the sun safely by staying cool, drinking lots of cold fluids and checking on those you know are at risk.”

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave

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