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Safety warning in hot weather

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With this current spell of hot weather predicted to continue, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is issuing vital safety advice.

Group Commander Mick Cadman from HWFRS said: "It's all too easy to want to jump in to open water to cool off during hot weather, but people do not understand the dangers of this. The water may look safe, but it can be very dangerous, with freezing cold water, hidden debris and an under current. We would like to highlight the dangers of open water and encourage people, whatever their age, to take extra care and make sure they know the SAFE Code".

He continued: "The hot weather is enjoyed by many, however, high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses".

HWFRS would like to remind people of the ways they can keep safe and cool:

  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
  • 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.
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows.
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen – the higher the factor the better.

Visit HWFRS's website at www.hwfire.org.uk for additional safety information or @HWFireSafety.