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Stay well during heatwave

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Residents are being reminded to enjoy the ongoing spell of hot weather safely with an amber extreme weather warning in place for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Applying sun cream and covering up, taking shade, checking on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, keeping hydrated and cool and being careful around water are all recommended tips.

Top tips are:


1. Stay cool and hydrated.


2. Avoid sunburn by using sunscreen at least factor 30 and move out of the sun.


3. Keep medicines below 25 degree or in the fridge, and know that many prescription medicines can reduce people’s tolerance to heat.


4. Look out for others, especially those who are unwell or older. 


5. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and what to do.

6. Keep children cool and safe. Never use a blanket or sheet to drape over a pram or pushchair as this will increase the temperature of the air around them.

Councillor Ian Bevan, cabinet member for public health at Dudley Council, said:

With the heatwave ongoing, we are asking people to enjoy the warm weather responsibly and keep an eye on elderly relatives and neighbours as older people are more susceptible to dehydration.
Babies and young children should be kept out of the midday sun, and we urge all residents to take protection from the sun by seeking shade, wearing sunscreen and wearing a hat and sunglasses.
We are also reminding people that swimming outdoors can be dangerous, please avoid places that could be unsafe and remember the best places to have a cool down splash are our lifeguarded leisure centres.

People can find out more about Dudley Council’s summer wellness campaign on the council website

 

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