Heat alert issued

Published: 02 July 2018

Slough is currently experiencing heatwave conditions and residents are being warned to follow public health advice.

The Met Office has said there is a 90 percent probability of heatwave conditions occurring between 9am today (2 July) and 9pm on Tuesday 3 July in South East England.

During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as older people, young children and those with long term conditions, feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.

The public are being advised to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and seek medical help from a GP or by contacting NHS 111 if someone is feeling unwell or showing concerning symptoms.

A list of symptoms and advice on what to do can be found at:
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-and-heatstroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Slough Borough Council's public health team has issued the following advice for parents and carers of young children and those who work in nurseries:

• shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
• children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are in excess of 30°C
• encourage children playing outdoors to stay in the shade as much as possible
• children should wear loose, light-coloured clothing to help keep cool and sunhats with wide brims to avoid sunburn
• use sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) to protect skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes
• provide children with plenty of water (such as water from a cold tap) and encourage them to drink more than usual when conditions are hot
• encourage children to eat normally and drink plenty of cool water.
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, especially when out and about.
Top advice for being sun safe:
• try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
• wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a hat and light scarf. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
• drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
• look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
• never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals.

Their top tips for staying safe in the sun can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/.../uploads/.../Beat_the_heat_care_home_overheating_2017.pdf

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “While many people enjoy hot weather, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“If anyone knows someone who might be at special risk, please make sure they know what to do.

“We want everyone to be as safe as possible in these conditions, so advise everyone to stay out of the sun as much as possible, keep their homes cool during the day and also ensure lots of fluids are drunk.”

General advice for coping with the heat is available at:
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/