People are being urged to take extra care as be prepared as the heatwave continues - with the Met Office today issuing a Level 3 alert for the West Midlands.
Residents should familiarise themselves with the actions they need to take to protect themselves and their families from the possible health effects of hot weather, while social care and health services should also take specific actions to help people from high risk groups.
Top tips to stay safe include:
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade and apply sunscreen of at least sun protection factor 15 with UVA protection
- wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes, and a hat and light scarf which will minimise the risk of sunburn
- avoid physical exertion
- drink plenty of cold drinks
- keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
- look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
- keep bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening windows at cooler times of the day and overnight. Turn off non essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.
Health and social care workers in the community, hospitals and care homes are advised to regularly check on vulnerable patients, share sun safety messages, make sure room temperatures are set below 26°c, ensure patients have access to cold water and ice and that medicines are stored in a cool place.
For more information about the dangers posed by UV radiation, please visit Public Health Matters and take the time view the short video below.