Public Health England has today issued a heat warning encouraging vulnerable people to take care during the exceptionally hot weather forecast this week.
North Somerset Council is endorsing the advice as people ‘shielding’ indoors from COVID-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions, and very young children are all more vulnerable from the higher temperatures.
Emer OConnell, Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England said: “Most of us look forward to the warmer weather but some people may find it more difficult to cope with these higher temperatures. Older people, those with underlying health conditions and very young children are more at risk in hot weather.
“This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to COVID-19, especially those who are shielding as they are at high risk of developing severe infection. It is important that we continue to check up on older people, and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they are living alone and may be socially isolated as we know that a lot of homes can overheat.
“You will need to do things differently this year, for example keeping in touch by phone. If you need to provide direct care to someone at risk from hot weather, follow government guidance on how to do this safely. The most important advice is to ensure they stay hydrated, keep cool and know how to keep their homes cool.”
And deputy leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Mike Bell, added: “With the hot and sunny conditions arriving many of us will be outside making the most of the fantastic weather – while following the social distancing rules.
“Please make sure you stay safe in the sun by applying sunscreen regularly, staying hydrated, and protecting your head from the sun. And remember to look out for those who are vulnerable in the heat.”
Some of the key things we can all consider doing during the hot weather to ensure we enjoy the sun while staying safe, include:
For more information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke/.