Sunderland health chief issues warning on staying safe in the sun as Wearside prepares for temperatures of over 30C

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And with the mercury forecast to top 30C in Sunderland early next week, the city’s public health director is calling on everyone to take extra care to help support themselves and others. safe.

Gerry Taylor said it was particularly important to keep an eye on anyone who might be vulnerable to the heat: “While many of us enjoy the warmer weather, it is very important that we do everything we can to stay safe in the sun and to be on the lookout for those who they may be more vulnerable or have difficulty staying cool and hydrated in hot weather.

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“This includes infants and young children, the elderly, and people with underlying health conditions,” he said.

“So if you know older friends, family or neighbors who belong to these groups, it can be helpful to keep an eye on them over the weekend and into Tuesday.” Simple measures to stay cool in hot weather include:

:: Drink plenty of fluids, avoid excess alcohol and be sure to bring water with you if you travel;

A Met Office amber warning for high temperatures will be in effect early next week across the Northeast.

:: Stay out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm if possible;

:: Beware of the elderly and others who find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather;

:: Avoid extreme physical exertion during hot weather if possible;

:: If you go out in hot weather, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, wear a hat and light, loose cotton clothing;

Gerry Taylor, Director of Public Health for Sunderland, urges people to stay safe in the heat

:: Don’t leave babies, children, elderly or vulnerable people or pets alone in parked cars in hot weather and don’t be tempted to cover strollers with muslins and blankets in an attempt to keep babies cool, as they can overheat.

If you or others feel sick, dizzy, weak, anxious, or intensely thirsty, move to a cool place, rehydrate, and cool your body.

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The most common heat illnesses are heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat rash, sunburn, dizziness, and/or fainting. Heat exhaustion is usually not serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heat stroke, it should be treated as an emergency.

Regardless of the underlying cause of heat-related symptoms, the treatment is always the same: move the person to a cooler place and cool them down. If you suspect someone has heat stroke, call 999.

Anyone planning to head to the coast or into rivers, lakes or ponds to try to stay cool is also asked to exercise extreme caution.

The RNLI urges everyone to remember to ‘Float for Life’ if they are in trouble in the water by leaning back and using their arms and legs to stay afloat and control their breathing before calling for help or swimming to safety.

And the organization reminds swimmers that even though the air temperature is high, the water temperature is still cold, increasing the risk of cold water shock.

The Council’s deputy leader, Councilor Claire Rowntree, said: “With drowning being the third leading cause of accidental death among young people in the UK, it is really important that young people, their parents, grandparents and the wider community They should generally be aware of the dangers and think about whether it is safe before they venture into the water.

“We are fortunate to have some of the best beaches in the country along with some very attractive riverbanks as well and we want everyone who visits them to have a fantastic time.

“But with the warm weather we also remind people how they can help themselves and their families to stay safe.

“Bathing in the sea is very different from swimming in a pool and it is very easy to get caught in a rip current that pulls you out to sea or become isolated, so it is important to choose a supervised beach and swim between the red and yellow flags .

“Rivers and stretches of open water can also look very inviting in hot weather. But there can be all sorts of hidden dangers just below the surface, from weeds and hidden obstacles to currents that can sweep away even the strongest swimmers.

“Sadly we have had a number of deaths in the city in recent years and we know very well how easy it is to get into difficulty on the water which is why we continue to work with partners such as the RNLI and the Royal Lifesaving Society and the emergency services to promote messages. safety in the water.

“No one wants to see their loved ones go through the terrible loss that a number of families in this city have suffered in recent years, so I urge everyone to follow the advice of the RNLI to stay safe.”

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