May 21 2013 Latest news:
Monday, May 28, 2012
WITH the sun again shining bright across Uttlesford today, the East of England Ambulance Service is reminding the public that simple steps can be taken to avoid suffering in the heat.
The most vulnerable in hot weather are the very young, older people or those with existing chronic or long-term medical conditions.
In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse and, of course, cause sunburn. In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.
Director of emergency operations Neil Storey said: “Our ambulance crews can be very busy at this time of the year, attending calls from people who might have overdone it in the heat.
“The warmer weather is something we all take advantage of, and by following just a few simple precautions, people can enjoy the sun safely.”
People should ensure they have enough medication, and take the necessary precautions to prevent the effects of heat exposure. There are some simple tips which everyone can follow to ensure you make the best of the weather:
* Wear a hat
* Take particular care when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm
* Wear plenty of high-factor sun cream and don’t forgot to top up regularly, and replenish after swimming.
* Use insect repellent if you are prone to bites
* If planning a barbecue, take all the usual precautions, ensure food is cooked thoroughly and protect yourself and others from flames.
Associate director of clinical services Nick Morton added: “People with serious health problems (for example heart conditions) should avoid going outside if possible. And of course stick to shady areas when outdoors, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
“This means you can enjoy the good weather without compromising your health, which is the most important thing to consider in such high temperatures.”
Further information can be found on the NHS Direct and NHS choices. please follow the link below - www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwaveamberalert.aspx
Today is the last of the warm summer weather expected for a while, with temperatures set to drop by up to 10C over the next 24 hours.
The mercury will reach at least 25C today but highs will drop to about 17C tomorrow and 16C by Wednesday.