The local NHS have issued health advice on how to stay well and avoid heat-related illnesses during this week's heatwave in Essex.
The Met Office and Public Health England has issued a Heat-Health Watch Level 3 warning for the East of England region with soaring temperatures predicted to last until Friday.
High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.
The five CCGs in the Mid and South Essex Transformation Partnership are working with Essex County Council to raise awareness of the actions people should take to protect themselves from the possible ill effects of hot weather.
The key public health messages for staying safe are:
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
- avoid physical exertion
- wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
- drink plenty of cold drinks
- if you have a health problem, keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
- look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. 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 safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.
More summertime health advice can be found at https://www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/livewell-articles/summer/ and https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/