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Top tips from Public Health England on staying safe in the sun

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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 16:35

THE scorching weather has prompted Public Health England to issue advice on dealing with the heat.
The Met Office is reporting that the hot weather will continue until Thursday.
Angela Baker, deputy director of health and wellbeing for the South East, said: “Spells of hot weather like this are enjoyed by many of us, but they can make a very real impact on some people’s health.
“That’s why it’s so important we all keep an eye on those likely to be most at risk, people with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people and those with younger children.
“Some people in these groups may not be able to take steps to keep themselves cooler, so if you’re able, ask your friends, family and neighbours if they need any support.”

The top tips for staying safe in the heat:
  • 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 as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or 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

The Met Office’s chief meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “High pressure is dominating our weather bringing warm, humid air from the tropical Atlantic resulting in these high temperatures and sunny conditions over the coming days.
“These hot and sometimes humid conditions will continue well into the middle of the week when conditions will start to turn more unsettled in some areas before fresher conditions finally start to move across the country from the north and west later this week.”

 


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