Monday, September 21, 2020

Stay safe as the temperatures rise, residents urged

Residents are being advised to take precautions in the heat with the high temperatures to peak over the next few days.

Vulnerable people are potentially at greater risk due to overlapping risks across Covid-19 and heat. Some homes can be prone to overheating which will be an added risk to those staying at home because they are shielding, ‘clinically vulnerable’ or are self-isolating.

“Weather like this is something many people look forward to and go out and enjoy. But for some people – especially older people and those with underlying health conditions – the summer heat can bring real health risks,” said Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Adult Care, Health and Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council.

“It’s important to protect yourself and others from too much sun or heat, including children who will be keen to get outdoors. Remember, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more than others.”

Tony McGinty, Assistant Director in Public Health for Lincolnshire County Council, added: “Temperatures indoors can sometimes be higher than temperatures outdoors, and this year more people than usual will need to stay at home.

“That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.

“Follow the Covid-19 social distancing guidance while looking out for others and when using public cool spaces including shaded outdoor spaces, do so considerately.”

To stay safe in the heat make sure you:

  • 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
  • stay cool indoors – close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • if going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
  • follow Covid-19 social distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly
  • 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

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