Stay safe and cool as temperatures soar

Waltham Forest residents are being urged to stay cool, hydrated and to check on vulnerable neighbours during the extreme hot weather this week.

The Met Office has issued a Level 2 Alert today (12 September 2016) advising that there is a 60% probability of heatwave conditions in London between 6pm Monday 12 September and 9am Thursday 15 September.

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

Among the key steps people can take to stay safe in the hot weather are:

  • keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm – if you have to go out in the heat, stay in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothing
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • have plenty of cold drinks 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
  • 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.

More advice on how to cope in the warmer weather can be found on the NHS website and Public Health England's 'Keep cool at home checklist'.