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23 June 2020

Heat health alert warning for vulnerable residents

Heatwave out and aboutA heat health warning has been announced for Kent, leading to advice to help vulnerable residents stay safe and well.

Temperatures this week are expected to climb to more than 30 Celsius.

Many people who are at higher risk of ill health due to the hot weather are also at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated
  • stay cool indoors: Many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • if going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
  • follow COVID-19 social distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • remember that while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, you will need to follow any additional government guidance to use public spaces safely.

People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment - www.nhs.uk continues to provide reliable advice and guidance

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92.