Posted: Monday 19th June 2017
As temperatures soar this week, Hertfordshire County Council is urging residents to take care and keep cool during the current period of hot weather.
Richard Roberts, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Prevention & Performance, said: "It’s great to see people out and about enjoying the hot weather. 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.”
The heatwave is forecast to last until the end of the week so make sure that you follow the lead of Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue’s dog, Reqs (pictured), and keep cool.
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