Posted: Thursday 25th May 2017
Hertfordshire County Council is advising residents to take a few precautions to keep themselves healthy and safe in the current period of hot weather.
Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Herts County Council said: "It’s great to see people out and about enjoying the hot weather especially with it due to last over the bank holiday weekend and half-term.
High temperatures can be dangerous however, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.
Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks. The elderly and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”
Residents are advised to follow a few simple precautions:
• Stay out of direct sun between 11am and 3pm.
• Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat; apply sunscreen and walk in the shade.
• Have plenty of cold drinks and keep cool with cold showers or baths if necessary, cold foods and by avoiding extreme activity.
• Keep homes cool as best you can, perhaps by keeping the curtains drawn on very hot days, and well ventilated.
• Remember some medicines need to be kept cool - check the instructions on the packet.
• Babies, children and older people (and pets) should not be left in stationary cars.
• If you feel unusually unwell consult your doctor if symptoms (such as headache, intense thirst, dizziness or muscular spasms) persist.
Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.
Further information and advice can be obtained from a free telephone call to NHS 111 or online from the NHS at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth