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Heatwave Advice

07 June 2013

Members of the public are being urged to take extra care as weather forecasters indicate the hot weather is set to continue. 

During periods of high temperatures, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust sees a noticeable increase in ailments brought on by the warmer weather such as breathing difficulties, fainting and unconsciousness.

sun David Williams, Deputy Director of Operations at the Trust, said: “When temperatures soar, we see a definite increase in calls for ambulance assistance and the recent hot weather has prompted us to offer a few words of advice which may help prevent people in Yorkshire becoming victims of the sunshine: 

  • Remember, some people are more at risk from the heat than others - for example, older people, babies and young children, and people with any pre-existing medical problems that can affect their breathing.
  • Try to keep as cool as possible - wear a hat when sitting or working outside and use plenty of sun cream. 
  • If possible, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (between 11am - 3pm) and if you have to go out, try to stay in the shade.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol in the sun.
    Contact your doctor, pharmacist or NHS 111 if you are worried about your health. In an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance.

Mr Williams said: “We know this advice is common sense but, by putting it to the forefront of people’s minds, we hope it will help reduce the number of people who suffer any ill-effects of the hot weather. 

“Our staff will be working hard to get to patients who require an emergency medical response as quickly as possible but ask that people only call 999 for an ambulance in a medical emergency when it is obvious that someone has a life-threatening illness or injury.”

The Trust would also like to urge people to take extra care in and around open water during the warm weather. Traditionally when the warm weather sets in the service is called to incidents where people have required emergency medical attention after swimming.

David continued: “The county’s many waterways are popular destinations for people during the summer months, which can make them dangerous places for those who take risks. Ambulance service call-outs to open water rescues tend to increase during the summer as people attempt to cool off and then get into difficulty.

“It may be very appealing to jump into the water to cool off on a warm summer’s day but people need to be aware of how dangerous it really is. Water can look calm on the surface but contain unseen debris and, rivers in particular, can have treacherous undercurrents. Furthermore, the temperature of deep water is much colder than people would expect and, even on a hot summer’s day, rarely gets above freezing.

“Every year lives are lost across the UK and we don’t want to see anyone hurt or injured so the message is simple; enjoy the summer, stay out of open water and stay safe!”

For further advice on looking after your health the hot weather, please visit the Department of Health websites.

 

 

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