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Stay Safe During the Heatwave

Are you prepared for staying safe in the rising temperatures?

With a heatwave predicted for parts of the South East, London, the East of England, the East Midlands and West Midlands, the Level 2 Heat-health alert has triggered a concern for people's health and well being . High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses. With this we have the potential for some intense thunderstorms on Saturday which could see large rainfall totals in a short space of time, which can cause flash flooding, as well as lightning and large hail. 

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

  • apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection

  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf
  • drink lots of cool drinks
  • 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

Many members of the Muslim community may be fasting during the current period of Ramadan. During hot weather it’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water. The Muslim Council of Britain and the NHS have published lots of useful information for those likely affected during this period.

For more information and advice on staying safe please visit:

Met Office

Sun Smart

The Muslim Council of Britain

 

 

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