Heatwave advice

Published on: Monday, 29-June-2015

The Met Office has issued an alert for likely heatwave conditions between Tuesday and Thursday this week in the North West of England.

Temperatures are expected to build on Tuesday 30 June and into Wednesday 1 July, with the hottest day of the year so far expected on successive days this working week, with the highest maximum temperature expected on Wednesday.

You can find the latest forecast details here.

Follow the tips below to ensure you stay safe during the hot weather:-

  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm
  • Wear at least factor 15 sunscreen and remember to apply 30 minutes before you go out in the sun. Reapply every couple of hours.
  • Ensure all children wear a hat or head covering
  • Ensure children wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
  • Ensure everyone has plenty of cold drinks to keep hydrated (again, avoiding caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks)
  • It is advisable to eat cold foods, particularly washed salads and fruit with a high water content
  • Keep the environment cool by keeping windows that are exposed to the sun closed or shaded - electric fans will help too and ensure a flow of air
  • Ensure there are shaded areas in the play areas
  • Don’t leave babies and young children alone especially in cars or rooms which get very warm such as conservatories
  • Monitor children with health conditions
  • Ensure that children’s medication is kept below 250C
  • Take extra care when planning outdoor activities such as barbecues, which involve prolonged time spent outdoors as well as posing an additional fire risk. Further safety information and guidance can be found here.
  • Don’t jump into cold water (dams etc) to cool down. Extreme caution should be taken if entering, playing or swimming in open water.

If you are worried about what to do, either for yourself or somebody you know who you think might be at risk, go to www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, telephone NHS 111 or visit your local chemist.

In addition, extra care should be taken during hot and sunny spells to prevent fires by following the advice below:-

  • Smoking materials (eg cigarettes, matches, lighters) and BBQs should be used and discarded with care.
  • The use of flammable liquids and fire lighters should be used with care.
  • Propane and butane cylinders used for domestic use should be disposed of responsibly when no longer required.
  • Further safety information and guidance can be found at the Fire Service website.