Heat Health Alert

Incident Information from WSCC Resilience and Emergencies Team Resilience and Emergencies Team
The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert from 09:00 Monday 11th July to 09:00 Friday 15th July.

There is a 90% probability of Heat Health Alert criteria being met. Temperatures are expected to rise in to the low 30s. View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell.
Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:
*Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside.
*If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
*Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
*Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
*Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
*Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
*Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need. Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
*Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.

Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by using the RSPCA link below.

For more information go to: UK Health Security Agency Heatwave Plan For England and Guidance Documents Met Office Heat-health watch NHS Choices Heatwave: be prepared WSCC Dealing with extreme weather WSCC https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/heat-alert/ WSCC Preparing for emergencies Follow us on Twitter for regular updates @WSCCNews @WSCCResilience @wspublichealth

RSPCA Top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather Follow the Resilience and Emergencies Team on Twitter and Facebook. Or find out more at the West Sussex County Council website.
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