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Reminder issued as heatwave continues for Coventry and Warwickshire

Published Thursday, 26 July 2018

With temperatures continuing to soar and the Met Office declaring a level three heat wave, people are being urged again to look out for the vulnerable and take steps to stay cool.

Lady Godiva in Broadgate

Although welcomed by most, hot weather can cause a real danger to health – particularly to the very elderly and the seriously ill. People with existing medical conditions and the very young are also potentially at risk during a warm spell.

The Met Office has raised the heat wave warning to level three, meaning temperatures will be high enough to have a significant effect on health.

The news has led health and social care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire to come together and give some simple advice on how to enjoy the hot weather responsibly.

Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Sport, said: “With summer here and the temperatures rising, it is important to understand the health risks that excessive heat can bring and know the signs of heat-related illnesses to try and prevent these.

Be a good neighbour, check in on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the heat and make sure you protect yourself by taking all the necessary measures”.

Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the severe effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in heat waves.

The best advice is to relax, stay cool, drink lots of cold fluids and, if you can, keep an eye on those you know to be at risk.”

Partners in Coventry and Warwickshire have issued the following advice to try and keep people healthy in the sun and heat:

  1. Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm;
  2. Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes;
  3. Walk in the shade;
  4. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection;
  5. Wear a hat and light scarf;
  6. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes;
  7. Drink lots of cool drinks;
  8. Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses; and
  9. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

For more information on how to enjoy the sun safely, visit Cancer Research’s SunSmart website.

You can find out more about staying well this summer on the Public Health website: http://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/blog/2016/07/12/stay-well-this-summer-top-tips-for-travel/

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