Council urges people to take extra precautions as hot weather returns

With temperature set to rise this weekend Cornwall Council urges people to keep an eye on more elderly and very young family members, friends and neighbours.

Public Health Consultant Denis Cronin said while beating the heat is common sense, older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children can really suffer.

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“To vulnerable people, the summer heat can bring real health risks, which is why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

Hot weather tips include:

  • Keep a close eye on older people, young children and those with diseases such as heart and lung conditions – their bodies can struggle to cope in the heat and are at greatest risk.
  • Keeping homes as cool as possible will help and offer some respite – close curtains on windows that receive the sun, open windows when it’s cooler outside than in (when it’s safe to do so) and turn off any unnecessary electrical items. Remember it’s sometimes cooler sitting in a park under a tree than it is in a home that’s too hot.
  • Check weather forecasts, including UV forecasts, and when travelling always carry water.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!

A call is also made to people to think twice before leaving their children and pets in vehicles.

“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

“Pets, children and the elderly are less able to cope with high temperatures and may not recognise the signs of dehydration, so safer to take them with you. Even if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, it’s still a very dangerous situation,” Mr Cronin said.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a person or animal locked in a car, call 999 for the emergency services.

For further information on health advice in hot weather please visit the NHS Choices website https://www.nhs.uk