Lincolnshire County Council advises residents to stay safe in the sun as temperatures are set to reach 40C in Grantham

Residents are being advised on how to stay safe in the sun, as temperatures are set to climb into the 40s in Grantham in the coming days.

Lincolnshire County Council has advised residents across the county to stay safe in extreme temperatures after a Met Office Red Weather Notice.

Derek Ward, Director of Public Health for Greater Lincolnshire, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the great weather, but to avoid having your fun in the sun ruined, take our top tips into account.

Lincolnshire County Council urges residents across the county to stay safe in the sun.  (57901309)
Lincolnshire County Council urges residents across the county to stay safe in the sun. (57901309)

“They are very simple: drink water, wear a hat and take care of those who are most at risk.”

Councilwoman Wendy Bowkett, Executive Counselor for Public Health, added: “Take special care with children and the elderly in hot weather, as they are more vulnerable to the effects of heat.

“We don’t want to stop anyone from enjoying the sun, so have fun and take care of each other by following our best advice.”

The county council advises people to heed the following advice:

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

You could become dehydrated and your body could overheat, causing heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Staying cool will reduce the risk of illness.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • muscle weakness or cramps
  • intense thirst

If you experience any of these symptoms, move to a cool place and drink plenty of water or fruit juice. If you can, take a warm shower or wash with cool water. Heat stroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated, but it can also occur suddenly and without warning.

Who is at risk?

The heat can affect anyone, so even if you’re completely fit, it’s important to take precautions to stay cool during hot weather. Some groups are at higher risk of serious harm from heat, including children and infants, the elderly, and people with ongoing physical or mental health problems. Above all it is a matter of common sense.

Here are the best tips to protect yourself from the sun and stay healthy in the heat:

How to stay safe outside

  • Avoid going out between 11 am and 3 pm when the sun is hottest.
  • Make sure the sunscreen you are using is SPF15 or higher. Check the expiration date – the active ingredient may have deteriorated if the sunscreen is expired or has been left in direct sunlight.
  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses to reduce eye exposure to UV rays.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities such as sports, DIY, or gardening. If you can’t help it, save it for the cooler times of the day, like early morning or late at night.
  • If you have to go out, stay in the shade. Wear a hat and light, loose clothing, preferably cotton.
  • Be careful when you are outside with children. Metal play equipment can get very hot in the sun and can even cause burns.

How to keep yourself and your home cool

  • Stay indoors, in the coolest rooms of your home, as much as possible.
  • Close the curtains on the windows that let a lot of sun into your house. However, metal blinds and blackout curtains can absorb heat, so a lighter material will be better at keeping the room cool.
  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun during the day closed during the day and open them at night when the temperature has dropped. Be aware of the security issues of open windows, especially in ground floor rooms.
  • A thermometer in your living room and master bedroom will help you monitor the temperature.
  • A loose, damp cotton cloth or scarf around the back of your neck or spraying or splashing your face and back of your neck with cold water several times a day can help keep you cool. So can a warm shower.

drink regularly

  • Drink regularly even if you are not thirsty; the best is water or fruit juice.
  • If you are going to be outside for any length of time, take plenty of water with you.
  • Try to avoid alcohol, tea, and coffee. They make dehydration worse.
  • Eat as you normally would. Try to eat more cold foods, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water.

helping others

  • Monitor isolated, sick, or elderly people, as well as infants and young children.
  • Check on the elderly and sick neighbors, family or friends every day during a heat wave.
  • Help seniors and those with long-term health conditions keep their living space fresh by following the tips above.
  • Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell and needs more help.
  • Make sure babies, children, or the elderly are not left alone in parked cars.
  • Tips for parents and caregivers of children and babies
  • Make sure babies, especially those under six months, stay out of direct sunlight during peak hours and stay hydrated by giving them water and milk to drink.
  • Remember Slip, Slap, Slop, Slide: wear loose cotton clothing to cover skin; put on a hat; put on sunscreen SPF15 or higher; seek shade and slip on sunglasses.
  • Wet clothes let more UV light through than dry clothes, so have fun playing in the pool, but have a few spare clothes on hand.

Tips for caregivers of the elderly

  • Check vulnerable people more regularly and control room temperature, keeping it below 26°C.
  • Keep in mind that plastic pads and mattresses can be particularly hot during a heat wave.
  • Advise the person you care for to avoid caffeine, very sweet drinks, and alcohol, as they make dehydration worse. Make sure they drink plenty of cold water and ice is available.
  • Store medications in a cool place.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and equipment that may generate additional heat.
  • Keep in mind that some conditions can be exacerbated during high temperatures, and some medications can also increase the risk in susceptible people. Seek medical advice if you have any concerns.

more tips

  • Contact your doctor, pharmacist or call 111 if you are worried about your health or the health of someone else during a heat wave, especially if you are taking medication, feel unwell or have any unusual symptoms.
  • If you have symptoms of heat exhaustion, rest for several hours, stay cool, and drink water or fruit juice. Seek medical advice if they get worse or do not go away.
  • If the symptoms are severe or someone you are collapsed with, call 999.

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