|The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a Heat-Health Level 4 - Red alert for some parts of West and Central Suffolk for the period between 0000 hrs Monday and 0000 hrs Wednesday, other parts of Suffolk will remain at Heath Health Level 3. Its anticipated that the temperature is likely in the high 30c in some places and may reach as far as 40c.
During periods of hot weather, it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and use the below simple health advice to help you beat the heat: For common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke go to NHS UK.
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
- If you live alone, ask a relative or friend to phone to check that you are not having difficulties during periods of extreme heat.
- Stay cool indoors: Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
- If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
- Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling.
- Check the latest weather forecast and temperature warnings – you can find these on TV, radio, mobile app or website.
- During warm weather going for a swim can provide much welcomed relief. If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice.
Ensure your home is Heat Wave ready by following this link.
The warmer weather often leads to people bringing out the barbecue, but please help our colleagues at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service by ensuring that your barbecue isn’t left unattended, is placed away from fences and shrubs and is near to a bucket of water or a hose in case things get out of hand. Find further safety advice on barbecues and staying safe in the home here.