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East Riding Council Issues Advice On Heatwave

East Riding Council Issues Advice On Heatwave

Published by Yorkshire Coast Radio News at 6:48am 24th July 2019.

Temperatures are set to rise toward the country's highest ever this week and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have issued some guidance for residents and visitors.

It includes staying indoors- especially if you have young children especially between 11am and 3pm.

Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks - but do try to consume plenty of cold food and drinks.

Other tips include:

  • If going out in the heat wear UV sunglasses, preferably wrap around, to reduce UV exposure to the eye; walk in the shade; apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection; wear a hat and light scarf; and wear light, loose-fitting clothes to minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • During a heatwave be sure to avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks but do try to consume plenty of cold food and drinks with high water content, such as salad and fruit
  • Look out for others, especially vulnerable residents including older people, young children and babies, and those with serious illnesses
  • Keep your environment cool - a cool living space is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves
  • Windows exposed to the sun should be kept closed during the day, while curtains over exposed windows should remain shut. Open windows at night when the temperature has dropped, but be aware of security issues especially in ground floor rooms
  • Care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – perhaps consider placing reflective material between them and the window space
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment which generate heat
  • Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps to cool the air
  • Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C
  • If you or others feel unwell, get dizzy, weak, and anxious or have intense thirst move to a cool place and rehydrate immediately
  • Keep up to date with Met Office forecasts and prepare accordingly.

 

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