The Met Office has declared a rare Level 3 warning for heat this week, with temperatures expected to peak this Wednesday.  A Level 3 warning is issued when there is a 90% or greater chance of heat significant enough to affect health for a period of at least two days.  Vulnerable groups are at risk and need to take extra precautions.

Who is at risk?IMG_1209

  • The older population, especially over-75s
  • Babies and infants, and pregnant women
  • Those with chronic illnesses, including heart and respiratory conditions, kidney disease, diabetes, and those with poor mobility such as people with Parkinson’s disease

What steps should you take?

  • Stay out of the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm
  • Wear loose clothing, and a sunhat and sunscreen if outdoors
  • Keep drinking!  Always have a cold drink to hand
  • Keep your rooms cool by drawing curtains and blinds, and have windows open if possible
  • If you feel uncomfortably warm, take a cool bath or shower, or dip your feet in a bowl of cool water
  • If you need to travel on public transport, try to avoid the busiest times of day
  • Never leave animals or vulnerable people in a parked car, no matter how short the time
  • If you take medicines, remember to keep them cool – in the fridge if necessary
  • Check on vulnerable neighbours

Summer’s arrived!  Enjoy it safely.