People are being urged to look out for their vulnerable friends and family as the weather begins to hot up across the UK.
Although welcomed by most, high temperatures can present a very real danger to some individuals – particularly the very elderly and the seriously ill.
People with existing medical conditions and the very young are also potentially at risk during a warm spell.
The Met Office has raised the heat wave warning to level two and is predicting a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough between today (Monday) and Thursday to have a significant effect on health.
Dr John Linnane, Director of Public Health at Warwickshire County Council, said: “During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as the older people, feel the severe effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heat waves.
“The best advice is to relax, stay cool, drink lots of cold fluids and if you can, keep an eye on those you know to be at risk.”
Further tips and advice on how to stay healthy in the sun includes:
1. Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
2. Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
3. Walk in the shade
4. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection
5. Wear a hat and light scarf
6. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
7. Drink lots of cool drinks
8. Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
9. Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
To discover more about staying well this summer, visit the Public Health website: http://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/blog/2016/07/12/stay-well-this-summer-top-tips-for-travel/