Newham

Keep safe and cool during extreme temperatures

19 June 2017 in Community safety
Residents across the borough are being urged to stay cool, hydrated and to check on vulnerable neighbours during the extreme hot weather predicted this week.
The Met Office has today (Monday 19 June) issued a level 3 heatwave alert for London and many other areas of England. The alert runs until 9am on Thursday 22 June.

Level 3 alerts are triggered when the Met Office forecasts that there is a 90 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.

Very hot weather can cause health problems especially for babies, young children and those aged 75 and over. Newham Council has issued advice for how people can avoid suffering any lasting ill-affects of the heat.

Among the key steps people can take to stay safe in the hot weather are:
  • avoid the heat - stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm if you have to go out in the heat, stay in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat or light scarf
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothing
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • drink plenty of water and avoid having excess alcohol
  • eat cold foods – particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially children or animals
  • keep homes cool by closing curtains in rooms that receive morning or afternoon sun – however be careful with metal blinds and dark curtains as these can absorb heat 
  • plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water, and any medications you need
  • turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment.
People are also being urged to check on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and ensure they are able to keep cool. If necessary people should call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or needs further help.

Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health, said: “While some people may be looking forward to the hot weather, the extreme temperatures could be dangerous for many others.

“It is vital that we all take simple steps to stay safe and hydrated in this hot weather as too much exposure to the sun can have a long lasting impact on our health.

“We also need to ensure that we look out for our older or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours to ensure they are also keeping cool and safe. If anyone has any health concerns at all they should speak to their GP.”

More advice on how to cope in the warmer weather can be found on the NHS website and on the Public Health England website​