Residents should take extra precautions this week with “heatwave” conditions set to hit Oxfordshire and much of England.
Temperatures are set to hit a sweltering 30 degrees celsius in some areas of the county over the next few days, and while many of us will be looking forward to fun in the sunshine, it’s vital to do so safely. There are several steps that we can all follow to stay sun safe:
• try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, as this is when UV exposure is at its strongest.
• wear UV sunglasses, seek shade, apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF15, wear a hat or light scarf, and wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
• drink lots of cool drinks but try avoiding caffeine, fizzy drinks, or alcohol.
• look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, very young children, and people with serious illnesses, who are particularly vulnerable during heatwave-like conditions
• 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.
• turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.
Oxfordshire county council consultant in public health, Dr Eunan O’Neill said:
“Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks. The older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to look out for them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”
Dr Kiren Collison, GP and clinical chair at Oxfordshire CCG said:
“The warm weather is enjoyable for most but for some people – especially older people and those with underlying health conditions –-the summer heat can bring real health risks. We would encourage everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer and if you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support. Follow guidance on COVID-19 at all times and when using public cool spaces including shaded outdoor spaces please remember social distancing measures do still apply.”
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