The healthcare commissioners for West Lancashire are advising people to say safe in the sun following the announcement by the Met Office that the North West of England may experience ‘heatwave’ conditions over the next few days (as of Friday 19 July).
A Level 3 heatwave alert means people should be aware of the actions to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather, and social and healthcare services are advised to take specific actions that target high-risk groups.
A Level 3 is triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms there is a 90% chance of heatwave conditions, when temperatures are high enough over threshold levels to have a significant effect on health on at least 2 consecutive days.
Following this latest Met Office alert, West Lancashire CCG is urging people to stay safe by:
- trying to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
- if you have to go out in the heat, walking in the shade, applying sunscreen and wearing a hat
- avoiding physical exertion
- wearing light, loose fitting cotton clothes
- drinking plenty of cold drinks
- if you have a health problem, keeping medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
- looking out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
- never leaving anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals