Glossop residents warned of heatwave

Residents are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to take a few simple precautions to stay safe in the heatwave forecast for the next few days. The Met Office has today warned of potential heatwave conditions across parts of England, including Glossop. This warning is triggered when there is a 60 per cent or higher chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.

 

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “While many people enjoy the hot weather high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for residents who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.
“During hot spells vulnerable groups feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates among older people rise in the early stages of heatwaves.
“Because the heatwave is expected to start today and last until Saturday we’re supporting advice from Public Health England about the importance of staying out of direct sun, drinking plenty of water and keeping homes cool.”


Advice from Public Health England – a Government agency bringing together public health specialists from more than 70 organisations – includes:
* Keep bedrooms and living spaces cool by closing curtains on windows that face the sun and open windows at cooler times of the day or overnight if safe to do so without posing a home security risk
* Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these can generate heat
* Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
* Wear UV sunglasses to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection and wear a hat
* Wear light loose-fitting cotton clothes to minimise the risk of sunburn
* Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic 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 babies, young children or animals
For more information visit www.gov.uk/government/news/heatwave-on-the-way

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