Peo­ple ad­vised to take care in the sum­mer sun

Middleton Guardian - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

RES­I­DENTS in Mid­dle­ton are be­ing ad­vised to take ex­tra care and look out for their loved ones in the sum­mer sun.

Most peo­ple wel­come the sun, how­ever high tem­per­a­tures can be harm­ful to health.

In one hot spell in Au­gust 2003 in Eng­land and Wales there were over 2,000 more deaths than would nor­mally be ex­pected.

Some peo­ple run a greater risk of se­ri­ous harm such as older peo­ple, chil­dren and babies, those with health con­di­tions and those be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive.

Rochdale Bor­ough Coun­cil is re­mind­ing res­i­dents to prac­tise sun sense, share heat­wave safety mes­sages and check on vul­ner­a­ble friends and fam­ily.

They sug­gest stay­ing out of di­rect sun be­tween 11am and 3pm, wear­ing UV sun­glasses, walk­ing in the shade, ap­ply­ing sun­screen of at least fac­tor 15 with UVA pro­tec­tion, wear­ing a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fit­ting cot­ton clothes.

They also sug­gest car­ry­ing and drink­ing lots of flu­ids.

Look out for oth­ers, es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble groups such as older peo­ple, young chil­dren and babies and those with se­ri­ous ill­nesses or health con­di­tions.

Never leave any­one in a closed, parked ve­hi­cle, es­pe­cially older peo­ple, in­fants, young chil­dren or an­i­mals.

To re­duce the im­pact of heat in­doors, bed­room and living spa­ces can be kept cooler by clos­ing the cur­tains on win­dows that face the sun and (when you can safely do so) open­ing win­dows at cooler times of the day or overnight. All nonessen­tial lights and elec­tri­cal equip­ment should be turned off to stop them gen­er­at­ing ad­di­tional heat.

An­drea Fal­lon, the coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic health and well­be­ing, said: “While many of us en­joy hot weather, high tem­per­a­tures can be dan­ger­ous. We want ev­ery­one to en­joy the sun safely so it’s vi­tal that we all fol­low ad­vice such as keep­ing out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoid­ing over­heat­ing and sun­burn and stay­ing hy­drated with plenty of cool drinks.

“It’s also im­por­tant that we look af­ter one an­other, es­pe­cially those who may be more vul­ner­a­ble in the heat.”

For more about heat stroke, see nhs.uk/con­di­tions/ Heat- ex­haus­tio­nand-heat­stroke or NHS 111.

In an emer­gency con­tact 999.

Mak­ing the most of the hot weather, of­fice work­ers take a break in the sun­shine.

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