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30 Jul 2018, 11:16
Helpful tips to stay safe when the mercury rises are being shared by the NHS ahead of this week’s predicted heatwave.
Temperatures are forecast to climb to at least 33 degrees centigrade in our area and it will stay very warm at night, which can cause health problems for some people. The sunshine also means anyone who is out and about needs to take extra care to reduce the risk of sun burn, heat stroke and dehydration.
Protecting yourself from the sun and heat, carrying water when travelling and looking out for others - especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions - can make a lot of difference.
Dr Nicolas Small, GP and Chair of NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. Before the even hotter weather arrives, think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.
“Older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children can be seriously affected by the summer heat. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able to, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”
The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:
If you or others start to feel unwell: