Many parts of the UK are experiencing hot weather this week and heatwave alerts have been issued across the country. While many people are enjoying the sunshine, it can also be extremely dangerous.
As a result, Public Health England is advising everyone to take heed of some important advice over the next few days.
Struggling to Adapt to the Heat
Temperatures have been increasing throughout the week, which may leave older people, young children and those with long-term conditions, including heart and lung diseases, struggling to adapt to the heat. So, be sure to keep an eye on friends and family who may be at risk.
Last year the hot weather lasted in the UK for several weeks and there was an increase in the number of people who attended GP surgeries and called NHS 111 for heat related conditions such as sunburn, sunstroke, heatstroke and insect bites. This year, as the hot temperatures hit, be sure to be prepared!
Dr Thomas Waite, Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health England, says: “The over 65s, young children and those with health conditions can find normal activities a strain when temperatures get this high. To stay cool, avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day, carry water with you when travelling and think what you can do stay cool when going to outdoor events.”
Top Tips for Staying Safe
To ensure you keep safe in the hot weather, follow these simple steps from Public Health England:
- Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
- 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. Sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children and animals
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- 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
Take a trip to Superdrug in Pescod Square for all the products you’ll need to ensure you’re safe in the sunshine this summer. Their knowledgeable staff will also be able to advice on any heat related health concerns you may have.
Pet owners are also urged to keep animals safe in the sun and while temperatures soar. It’s important NEVER to leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, caravans or outbuildings – even if it’s only for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to nearly 50 degrees in such conditions and such an environment could be fatal.
To ensure your pets are safe in the sun:
- Limit their exposure to direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day
- Use pet sun cream on white or thin fur, on the nose, ears and other vulnerable areas
- See a vet urgently if you notice ulcers or sores on your pet’s skin
- See a vet if your animal demonstrates any unusual behaviour or you fear they may have been affected by the sun or heat
- Ensure there is always plenty of access to shade and fresh water
- Check pets for ‘flystrike’. More information can be found about this here.
- Put ice cubes in water bowls or provide damp towels for them to lie on
For more information about keeping pets safe in the summer, visit the PDSA website.
For a range of pet care products, including toys and devices to keep your pets cool, visit Wilko in Pescod Square. It’s the pawfect place for summer goodies for your furry friends!
General information about the current heatwave and other public health advice can be found at Public Health England.