Heatwave advice from Julie Webster, Director of Public Health

15 July 2022
Director of Public Health Julie Webster

Dear residents,

I hope you are enjoying this glorious weather we are experiencing but please stay weather aware and take care of yourself and others – in particular look out for older people who may find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather.

Try to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day if you can and always remember to wear sun protection and stay hydrated.

Babies' skin is much more sensitive than adult skin, and it's recommended that you keep your baby out of direct sunlight particularly during the hours between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest. For more tips to keep babies and young children cool and protect them from the sun visit the NHS website.

Do You Know the Signs of Heat Illness?

As temperatures continue to rise, it's important to recognise the signs of heat illnesses:

  • Tiny red blisters on the skin that have a prickling sensation (heat rash)
  • Headache, nausea, vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Dizziness or feeling like you might “pass out”
  • Cool/clammy skin
  • Rapid breath or pulse
  • Muscle cramps in the arms, legs, or abdomen

If you, or anyone around you, experience any of these symptoms, get to a cool, shaded place and slowly drink water. For more serious symptoms like seizures and lack of consciousness, call 999 immediately.

It’s important to stay healthy and safe during our warmer months.

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