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Hot weather is forecast, but when it's too hot there are health risks

Hot weather is forecast, but when it's too hot there are health risks

| by Neighbourhood Watch | Posted in Hitchin News, Hitchin Lifestyle

Heat can affect anyone, but older people, especially those over 75; babies and young children; people with certain health conditions; and people who are physically active, such as labourers or those doing sports, are particularly at risk.   Heatstroke or heat exhaustion can be prevented by early intervention.  Please check on those at risk, including your older relatives and neighbours.

Heat exhaustion warns that the body is getting too hot.  A person may be thirsty, giddy, weak, uncoordinated, nauseous, and sweating profusely.

Heat Stroke can be life threatening - medical attention should be sought immediately, a person will have a body temperature over 104 and may display confusion, bizarre behaviour, combativeness, faintness, staggering, strong rapid pulse, dry flushed skin, lack of sweating, possible delirium.

The NHS website’s advice includes these tips to help prevent overheating:

• Avoid the heat:  keep out of the sun and stay indoors from 11am to 3pm if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

• Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If not possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metal blinds or dark curtains can make a room hotter).

• Shut windows and pull down shades when it is hotter outside; open windows for ventilation when it is cooler.  Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

• Take cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

• Have regular cold drinks, such as water or diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine or sugary drinks.

• Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.

• Plan ahead to ensure you have supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

• Check on those who may be less able to look after themselves.

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