Published Tuesday, 11 August 2020
With temperatures set to be over 30 degrees Celsius this week, people are being urged to look out for those vulnerable to heat exposure and stay cool, as the Met Office issues new heatwave.
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, young children and babies are also potentially at risk during a warm spell.
Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Sport, added: “It is very important to understand the health risks related to temperatures rising during the summer months.
“Exposure in these excessive temperatures can bring on heat-related illnesses, so it is important to try and prevent these by protecting yourself through necessary measures.
“Being a good neighbour and checking in on relatives and friends who may be vulnerable to the heat can help us all stay healthy in the sun.”
Councillor Les Caborn, portfolio holder for adult social care and health at Warwickshire County Council said: “During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, 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. If you are self-isolating, you need to continue to do so, but make sure to take steps to remain as cool as possible.”
Health and social care partners across Coventry and Warwickshire have come together to give some simple advice on how to enjoy the hot weather responsibly.
For more information on how to enjoy the sun safely, visit Cancer Research’s SunSmart website.