Guidance For Coping With Extreme Heat
As the Met Office issues its first ever Amber Extreme Heat Warning as large areas of the UK continue to see hot conditions this week it’s important that you take measures to look after yourself and others.
The Extreme Heat Warning, which is issued with partners including public health partners across the UK, will cover a large part of Wales, all of southwest England and parts of southern and central England. The amber warning will be in force until the end of Thursday 22nd July 2021.
The warning comes as the forecast continues to signal for unusually high temperatures for western areas in particular, as well as continuing high overnight temperatures creating potential impacts for health.
The impacts of extreme heat can be many and varied. It can have health consequences, especially for those who are particularly vulnerable, and it can impact infrastructure, including transport and energy, as well as the wider business community.
With the heat bringing increased risks particularly to older groups of the population, we are particularly mindful to how we safeguard our clients. All of our CAREGivers are trained to identify early signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration and will ensure everything possible is done to keep clients comfortable during times of extreme weather conditions.
More information from the NHS about coping with heat can be accessed here Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
The top ways for staying safe during a heatwave are to:
- look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
- stay cool indoors: many of us may need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
- close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- use cool spaces considerately if going outdoors, and wash your hands regularly
- drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
- 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, when the UV rays are strongest
- walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
The UK Government have produced guidance for coping with heat and COVID-19 which can be accessed here Beat the Heat – Coping with heat and COVID-19 (publishing.service.gov.uk)
If you are ever in doubt, it is important to act. Call 111 for advice or if need be, dial 999.