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Public Health hot weather advice

Islanders are being reminded by the Public Health department about the potential health risks associated with hot weather.
 
While many people may have welcomed the recent hot summer weather, advice is being issued about sensible precautions that should be taken to minimise any risk to health.
 
Medical Officer of Health Susan Turnbull says "We are experiencing some hot temperatures in Jersey at the moment and there are some sensible precautions that Islanders should be considering.
 
"Taking precautions is particularly important to those most at risk from the effects of exposure to heat. This includes older people, especially those over 75, babies and young children and people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems.
 
There are several sensible and quite simple steps that everyone can take to help in keeping cool and coping in hot weather:
 
 Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler
 Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat
 Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed
 Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
 Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
 Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool
 Wear loose, cool clothing
 Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves
 Take steps to ensure protection from the sun through the use of sunscreen and hats “ such measures are especially important for babies and young children (see Notes to Editors)
 Be aware that extreme levels of heat can develop in cars and other confined spaces, and avoid leaving children in cars, even for very short periods. This advice also applies to pets
 
Dr Turnbull added, "We are not currently expecting the recent hot weather to increase to dangerous levels. We will however be working closely with the Jersey Met Office to ensure we are able to warn the public early on should temperatures rise to levels which cause us concern.
 

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