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WEATHER ALERT
WEATHER ALERT

WEATHER ALERT

The current forecast for the West Midlands and Warwickshire is for temperatures to increase to a heatwave and in consequence the Met Office has issued a Level 2 - Alert and Readiness warning for heatwave conditions in the West Midlands. There is an 80% probability of a 'heatwave' between 12:00pm on Tuesday 30th June and 6:00am on Thursday 2nd July.

When a heatwave occurs and the weather gets extremely hot, older people, very young children and people with certain health conditions can be particularly at risk of heart and breathing problems, dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In the course of your work you may well come into contact with people who are at risk.  Your help is therefore invaluable in reminding people how to keep healthy during a heatwave by following the guidance below:

 

STAY OUT OF THE SUN

  • The hottest part of the day is usually between 11.00am and 3.00pm
  • Avoid over exertion through physical activity
  • Wear a hat if you go outdoors
  • Make sure you carry plenty of water with you if you are out and about or making a journey by car or public transport
  • If you have to go out in the heat, remember to try and walk in the shade and apply sunscreen
  • Be aware that certain medications may cause you to be more susceptible to the effects of a heatwave

 

KEEP COOL

  • Drink water or fruit juice regularly, even if you’re not feeling thirsty. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol. If you do drink alcohol make sure you have lots of water or other non-alcoholic drinks as well
  • Eat normally even though you may not be as hungry, you need a normal diet to replace salt losses from sweating. Try to have more cold foods, such as salads and fruit, as these contain a lot of water
  • Have a cool shower or bath
  • Keep a damp cloth on your neck to help regulate your body temperature

 

KEEP YOUR ENVIRONMENT COOL

  • Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside and, open windows at night when the air is cooler, but only if it is safe to do so
  • Watch out for metal blinds as these can absorb heat and become hot
  • Limit use of lights and electrical equipment as these generate heat
  • Move into a shaded room as these will be cooler

 

CHECK ON OTHERS

  • People with heart problems, breathing difficulties or serious illnesses may find their symptoms become worse in hot weather, so make sure you have enough medicines in stock and take extra care to keep cool. Contact your GP if you have any concerns about your own or someone else’s health
  • Check on your neighbours and vulnerable people as these are at most risk from the effects of heat
  • If you think someone is unwell seek medical attention

 

KEEP YOUR FOOD COOL

  • When it’s hot, bacteria on food can multiply very quickly, which increases the risk of food poisoning
  • So, it’s important to make sure food is kept in cooler bags when taking it home from the supermarket or out for a picnic
  • Ensure shopping is put in the fridge as soon as you get home
  • Ensure that food is kept out of the sun and out of the fridge for the shortest time possible – no more than a couple of hours 

 

 

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