[Level 2 Heatwave Alert]
A Level 2 Heatwave Alert has now been issued for this region – meaning there is a 60% risk of a heatwave occurring in the North West in the next 2-3 days.
As the weather starts to get warmer, it is very important to keep cool this summer, especially young children and the elderly.
There are simple things you can do for yourself and others, as well as ways the Council can help you, to keep cool and stay healthy this summer:
Stay out of the heat: Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, and if you have to go out in the heat, make sure to walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat. Avoid extreme exercise and wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
Cool yourself down: Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks. Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit. Take a cool shower, bath or body wash, and sprinkle water over the skin or clothing.
Keep your environment cool: Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves. Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat. If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping.
Look out for others: Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool. Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are never left alone in stationary cars.
Councillor John Pantall, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Independence & Wellbeing, said: “The Council wants to make sure that Stockport residents are cool and healthy during this summer. We offer a variety of resources and advice to make sure everyone have the necessary support throughout summer, as well as how to be prepared for extreme hot conditions.”
Stockport Council will be working in partnership with the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group and other public agencies to ensure it tackles the avoidable effects on health during periods of hot weather.
For more information please visit the NHS Heatwave website.