Try to stay out of the sun and keep your home as cool as possible – that’s the advice from health experts as Knowsley prepares for another blistering weekend.
The Met Office has issued a warning of heatwave conditions in the North West between 3pm on Thursday 5 July and 9am on Monday 9 July.
Public Health experts in Knowsley are reminding us that the hot weather can be dangerous for the vulnerable such as the older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.
Follow the tips below to ensure you – and those around you – stay safe during the hot weather:
- Try and keep out of the sun, especially between 11.00am and 3.00pm
- Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help.
- Open windows when it is cooler at night.
- Keep drinking fluids – avoiding caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks
- If there’s anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do.
- Wear at least factor 15 sunscreen and remember to apply 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. Reapply every couple of hours.
- Ensure all children wear a hat or head covering
- Ensure children wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
- Eat cold foods, particularly washed salads and fruit with a high water content
- Ensure there are shaded areas in the play areas
- Don’t leave babies and young children alone especially in cars or rooms which get very warm such as conservatories
Monitor children with health conditions
- Ensure that children’s medication is kept below 25oC
- Take extra care when planning outdoor activities such as barbecues, which involve prolonged time spent outdoors as well as posing an additional fire risk.
- Don’t jump into cold water (dams etc) to cool down. Extreme caution should be taken if entering, playing or swimming in open water.
More information / advice can be found by the following link to the Heatwave Plan: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england
Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.