Stay cool as the sun hits Brum

By on 29/06/2009 in News

With a 60% probability that Birmingham's thermostat will hit 30°C during the next two days and 15°C on the intervening night, the city council is advising residents to stay cool.

Residents are being urged to follow simple guidelines to protect themselves from any adverse effects, and to pay particular attention to the needs of the very young, older people and people with underlying health issues.

People are advised to:

  • Stay out of the sun
  • Keep homes as cool as possible – shutting windows & keeping curtains closed during the day may help
  • Open windows when it is cooler at night, remembering to be mindful of security
  • Keep drinking fluids & take fluids on journeys
  • If there is anyone you know, for example an older person living on their own, who may be at special risk, make sure that they know what to do

Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Birmingham City Council, said:

“We are reminding people to be sensible so that they don't put additional strain on the city's health providers when illnesses like dehydration and sunstroke can be easily prevented.

“Anyone can experience heat-related illnesses, but as with all extremes of weather, vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young and those with chronic illnesses such as heart conditions and diabetes are always at particular risk.”

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, whose portfolio includes emergency planning, said:

“The importance of looking after yourself and others in the heat cannot be underestimated, and it was only as recently as 2003 that the heat of that year's glorious summer is estimated to have caused 2,000 deaths. We have plans in place, with our partners, to tackle periods of extremely hot weather so that the residents of Birmingham are protected from any dangers.”

People worried about their health during the heatwave are advised to talk to their GP or pharmacist, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit the website www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk for more details.

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For more media information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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