Weather warning from WBC – heat wave

Sorry this is long, but very important.

A weather alert has been issued indicating a 90% chance of temperatures being high enough (25-32oC by day / 22oC by night) on at least two consecutive days to have significant effects on health. The current heat wave warning has been placed at – Level 3.

Key messages for health and social care providers:

· Activate plans to maintain business continuity – including a possible surge in demand
· Check indoor temperatures are recorded regularly during the hottest periods for all areas where patients reside
· Ensure staff can help and advise clients including access to cool rooms, close monitoring of vulnerable individuals, reducing internal temperatures through shading, turning off unnecessary lights/equipment, cooling building at night, ensuring discharge planning takes home temperatures and support into account
· Visit/phone high-risk people
· Reconfirm key public health messages to clients
· Advise carers to contact GP if concerns re health

Key messages for schools and other children’s services:

· Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are in excess of 30°C
· Encourage children playing outdoors to stay in the shade as much as possible
· Children should wear loose, light-coloured clothing to help keep cool and sunhats with wide brims to avoid sunburn
· Use sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) to protect skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes
· Provide children with plenty of water (such as water from a cold tap) and encourage them to drink more than usual when conditions are hot
· If necessary, consider rearranging school start, finish and play times to avoid teaching during very hot conditions
· Encourage children to eat normally and drink plenty of cool water

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