Enjoying the hot weather and staying safe

I’m sure most people have been enjoying the hot weather over the past few weeks and with it expected to continue, we’ve issued some advice on making the most of it and staying safe.

Here’s a sample but in a nutshell, be careful in the countryside, don’t swim in open water and keep an eye out for your elderly neighbours.  And spare a thought for the animals and live-stock.

Enjoying the countryside

After weeks of hot weather and little rain, the countryside is extremely dry which means the risk of fires is particularly high. We’ve already seen a number of quite serious grass and forest fires in parts of the county and we want to try and prevent this from happening again. Wild fires can threaten people, property and wildlife, putting lives at risk.

If you are planning to visit the countryside or our country parks then you can help keep everyone safe by following our rangers’ simple advice:

  • Please bring a picnic on your day out rather than a barbecue as these could start a fire.
  • We’re also reminding people not to light camp fires as the same thing could happen
  • Please don’t smoke in areas of dry vegetation and in all areas please make sure cigarettes are put out properly
  • Please put any rubbish in bins or take it home with you, especially glass and plastic bottles as they can magnify sunlight and cause fires
  • You may also find some paths or roads are closed due to high fire risk or where fires are being tackled – please follow all safety signs and find alternative routes to ensure you stay safe
  • If anyone does see a fire please call 999 immediately

Don’t swim in open waters

Open water like lakes and reservoirs can be very tempting for people to cool down in during hot weather, but they can be extremely dangerous too.

They may look very inviting but they can be very deep and cold even in direct sunlight. Even the most experienced swimmers can find themselves struggling in a few minutes. Our message is very simple, ‘please don’t take the risk,’ and if you have children, talk to them about the dangers.

We would always urge people who want to go swimming to be safe and go to public, supervised pools. You can find out where your nearest leisure centres are online.

Looking after your neighbours in the hot weather

Not everyone enjoys the hot weather. While most of us will welcome this hot spell, for some, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can be a real pain and bring with it health risks.

That’s why we’re reminding everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, remember to ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.

Here’s some simple advice to help beat the heat in the hot weather

  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.  Remember, it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
  • 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
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling

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