The islanders asked to be prepared for the heat wave

With the Met Office raising its weather alert to Level 4 in some parts of the country and the government declaring a national emergency, Isle of Wight council reiterates its advice to residents to stay safe and healthy as temperatures rise next week.

stay well
Severe heat is dangerous for everyone, but young children and the elderly are more susceptible to the effects of heat; and those with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are particularly vulnerable, especially when temperatures remain abnormally high for an extended period.

Other people may need support if they are less able to take steps to stay calm, for example those with dementia or learning disabilities.

Residents are asked to also consider others and, when possible, to check on non-household family members, friends and neighbors.

The governments Heat wave plan for England sets out useful tips for vulnerable groups.

For information on heat-related illnesses and what to do if you or someone you know is feeling unwell, visit the NHS website. Call NHS 111 or a GP if you or someone you know is unwell. Call 999 in an emergency.

Stay safe in the water
When temperatures rise, it can be tempting to cool off in open water.

But, even in summer, the shock of cold water can kill, and the message is to try to stay calm. If someone has difficulty in open water, he should not fight his way out of it, but relax and float until his breathing is back under control.

Jumping from piers, rocks, and heights into the water can be very dangerous. The depth of the water can change drastically with the tide and you don’t know what dangers may be lurking below the surface until you get hurt or worse.

More tips on how to stay safe on the water can be found here on the RNLI website.

taking care of pets
Hot weather can also negatively affect pets. The RSPCA offers online advice to help homeowners prevent your pets from overheating.

Reduce the risk of fire
From coast to country, the island has plenty of open space for everyone to enjoy days out with family and friends.

However, hot and dry conditions increase the risk of outdoor fires spreading out of control.

Station manager Dean Hodges said:

“Barbecues, campfires and bonfires can get out of hand very easily and drier, warmer weather increases the risk of wildfires, so it’s really vital that people take extra care when visiting our beautiful places and green spaces.

“Outdoor fires can cause significant damage to our forests, heathlands and fields. We all want to be able to enjoy the outdoors, and a few simple steps can reduce the risk of fire.

“Always dispose of cigarettes properly, put trash and glass bottles in a dumpster or take your trash home, and please pack a picnic, not a disposable barbecue.”

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have published some tips to stay safe in the field on your website.

schools
The council has advised schools, preschools and nurseries to stay open next week, in line with national guidance on managing hot weather. However, the situation is being monitored and schools will receive updated information should the direction of the Department of Education change.

Schools have been asked to follow the government guidance and consider being flexible in terms of relaxing uniform rules, as well as making sure children stay well hydrated, apply sunscreen, and stay in the shade while playing outside, as well as managing indoor temperatures appropriately. safe and effective.

Staff have also been advised to ensure that children do not engage in strenuous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures exceed 30 degrees, and to consider adjusting their time outdoors accordingly.

keep the island moving
Island Roads remains on standby to treat heat-affected road surfaces.

Most of the roads on the Isle of Wight have benefited from resurfacing as part of PFI’s investment. The treatments applied to much of the network use materials that are more durable than typical maintenance treatments so we do not anticipate any problems despite the high temperatures.

However, Island Roads will maintain its routine inspection of the network and take steps to ensure it remains as safe as possible.

Travel tips
The council also asks people to be well prepared for any trips planned this weekend and early next week, including bringing drinking water on your trips.

Anyone hoping to travel during the heat wave can refer to the tips provided by National Highways and the AA for planning ahead to avoid congestion and keep everyone cool and well in hot cars:


News shared by the Isle of Wight Council Press Office, in their own words. Ed

Image: blue water sweden under CC BY 2.0

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