Heatwave: Health chiefs issue advice on staying safe in the sun

HEALTH chiefs in the Black Country have issued advice on staying safe in the sun as temperatures are expected to soar this week.

The Met Office, along with the UK Health Security Agency, have issued a level two heat alert, urging people to take extra care during this week’s heatwave.

A level two alert is issued when temperatures are forecast to reach highs of 27°C for at least three consecutive days.

Today’s high temperature is expected to be 29°C, as hot as Bangkok in Thailand, and in the next few days the temperature in the Black Country could reach 30°C.

NHS chiefs have created a video with tips for staying safe amid scorching temperatures or people can visit nhs.uk/heatwave for information.

Black Country Nurse Practitioner Angela Tranter, featured in the video, said: “As temperatures rise, check on neighbors who may be vulnerable or friends and family to make sure their homes are nice and cool, if they need help opening windows, buying fans or anything else you can think of.

“The main risks posed by a heat wave are dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, as well as overheating, which can worsen symptoms for people who already have heart or respiratory problems. Be sure to stay well hydrated with plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol if possible. You should also avoid any strenuous or extreme activities in hot weather, such as playing sports.

“If you are traveling by car, make sure it is well ventilated and never leave babies, young children or the elderly in cars for long periods of time.

“Try to stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and watch for any heat-related symptoms like headache, nausea, and vomiting. This is a sign that you have been getting too much sun and could be suffering from heat exhaustion.”

“If you or others start to feel unwell, get out of the heat immediately and drink some water to rehydrate.

“If you feel dizzy, weak or have a headache and intense thirst, visit NHS 111 online or call 111 for further advice.”

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