Level 2 Heatwave Alert
Written by Sarah Castle on 23rd August 2019
The warm weather is back and I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine. Please be warned however that it is expected to become very hot, particularly this Saturday with high overnight temperatures and the KCC have issued a level 2 warning.
All support workers must be careful when outside, please make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and wearing sun protection. Please advise all service users of the hot weather and to keep themselves safe.
The government advise the following actions to be sun safe:
Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
Wear loose cotton clothing
Drink lots of cool drinks
Wear sunglasses and a hat
Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.
Health and social care workers should regularly check on vulnerable patients, share sun safety messages, make sure room temperatures are set below 26 degrees and ensure patients have access to cold water and ice.
Keep safe everyone
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