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Stay safe in the summer heat

Public Health England has issued a ‘Heatwave Alert’ for parts of the West Midlands who may experience ‘heatwave’ conditions over the next few days, according to Met Office forecasts.

Herefordshire Council is continuing to remind people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather and that high temperatures can be dangerous for people who may be vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

It’s important to remember that while we all enjoy the summer weather, to do so safely by staying cool, keeping hydrated and to check on those who may be at risk.

Key tips for staying safe in hot weather:

• try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
• if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
• avoid physical exertion 
• wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
• drink plenty of cold drinks
• if you have a health problem, keep medicines below 25°C or in the refrigerator 
• look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses 
• never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals