As the borough basks in the national heatwave Dudley Council is reminding residents to stay safe and to look out for those who could be vulnerable during warmer weather.
Applying sun cream and covering up, taking shade, checking on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, keeping hydrated and cool and being careful around water all feature in the advice.
Top tips are:
1. Always supervise young children around water including buckets, paddling pools, fishponds, swimming pools and waterside locations such as beaches, lakes, rivers and canals.
2. Take young ones swimming at the council leisure centres and look into swimming lessons it is never too early to start learning how to swim.
3. Invest in properly fitting, coast guard approved flotation devices and use them on children whenever they are near water.
4. Fence off pools and spas to reduce the risk of someone drowning.
5. Avoid burning by staying in shade during midday sun. Sunscreen of at least factor 15 to protect against UVB with at least a four star UVA protection should be regularly reapplied, especially before and after getting wet. Take extra care with children and ensure that exposed areas such as nose, ears, cheeks and top of feet are not missed and babies less than six month old should be kept out of direct sunlight. UV sunglasses, wide brimmed hats and protective clothing helps to reduce the risk of burning.
6. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Breastfed babies do not need water as well as breastmilk but they may feed more than usual. Bottle fed babies can have cooled boiled water throughout the day.
7. Find ways to keep cool such as staying in the shade, playing in a paddling pool and taking a cool bath before bedtime. Keep children’s bedrooms cool in the day by closing blinds or curtains and at night by using a fan to circulate air in the room.
8. Don’t swim in open water without being confident it is safe. Outdoor water can carry all sorts of risks. The council’s leisure centres, located in Dudley, Halesowen and Stourbridge, with Lifeguard attended pools are open for anyone who would like a refreshing dip.
9. Check on elderly neighbours, friends and relatives and ensure they have plenty of food and drink in the house. Elderly people can be very susceptible to the dangers of hot weather.
Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said:
There are lots of great things to do in our parks, nature reserves and green spaces but we want people to stay safe too.
We’re asking people to take shade in the midday sun as much as possible, wear suntan lotion and cover up with t-shirts and hats when outside to avoid burning
I would also like to remind people of the hidden dangers of swimming in outdoor spaces and would urge people who fancy a dip to head to our leisure centres where the water is safe and trained lifeguards are on duty