Heat health warning issued

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South Lincolnshire residents are being warned to stay safe in the summer sun during the highest temperatures of the year.

With temperatures expected to reach 29C tomorrow, the Met Office has issued a yellow warning across the county.

An official heat health warning is triggered when temperatures are high enough on two consecutive days and during the night to have a significant effect on health.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for public health, said: “High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, infants and those with serious illnesses, so look out for family, friends and neighbours during the heatwave.

“Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by following common sense measures such as keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and drinking plenty of water.”

Top advice for being sun safe:

* Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm when the sun is at its hottest.

* Apply a sunscreen that is at least factor 15 and reapply regularly.

* Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies, 30 to 40 per cent of UV rays will still penetrate through cloud cover.

* Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade,

* Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes and a hat.

* Drink lots of cool drinks: water and fruit juice are best. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can dehydrate you.

* Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses.

* Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

* Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can.

* Health and social care workers should regularly check on vulnerable patients, share sun safety messages, make sure room temperatures are set below 26 degrees and ensure patients have access to cold water and ice.

If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion including dizziness, vomiting, confusion, headache or intense thirst, rest immediately in a cool place and drink plenty of water. If symptoms persist or worsen call a doctor, 111 or call 999 if the person has collapsed.

Check the weather forecast and any high temperature health warnings at www.metoffice.gov.uk. For more advice and tips on staying safe during the heatwave visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/news.