Level 2 heat-health alert issued

By Zoë Uglow   |   Reporter   |
Thursday 16th June 2022 2:50 pm
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The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) South West has issued a level 2 heat-health alert as the Met Office forecasts high temperatures for the coming days.

This is the first  heat-health alert of the year, with high temperatures expected across the south west and other parts of the country. The alert, which comes into place at midnight on Thursday 16 June until midnight on Saturday 18 June.

With these high temperatures forecast for the next couple of days, UKHSA South West is taking the chance to remind people to look after themselves and others who may be at risk.

Dominic Mellon, Deputy Director at UK Health Security Agency South West, said: “Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense and we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions as sunny spells can pose health risks for some people.

“During periods of hot weather, it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion such as feeling dizzy or weak with an intense thirst and a headache, and move to a cool place as soon as possible and follow our advice to beat the heat.”

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
  • take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down

More information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke are available on NHS.UK

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