25 May 2017 - Keep Cool in the Heat This Bank Holiday

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is urging everyone to take extra care this coming bank holiday weekend as the Met Office forecasts soaring temperatures.

Many will look forward to enjoying the hot weather but it’s important to remember that it can also be dangerous and knowing how to keep cool during long periods can help save lives.

Despite dealing with the terrible events in Manchester, it’s still business as usual for NWAS services, which are urgently needed to reach those who are seriously ill or have life-threatening conditions.

Ged Blezard, Director of Operations said: “The warm weather is a pleasant change but it can cause various health problems, particularly for the elderly, people with respiratory issues, babies and young children and those who are fasting for Ramadan.

“Many will also be getting out and about to enjoy outdoor events in the sun but should be mindful that during hot weather people are more likely to suffer from dehydration which is characterised by lethargy, cramps, dizziness or confusion.

“We always see a rise in the number of 999 calls during Bank Holidays weekends, but many incidents can be prevented with some extra care being taken.

“Simple advice such as staying in the shade and keeping cool wherever possible, wearing sunscreen and a hat as well as keeping hydrated by taking regular cool soft drinks, and not overdoing the alcohol. This might seem straightforward but will help prevent the incidents we see every day during hot spells.”

By keeping ourselves and others safe we can all enjoy the bank holiday, here are some top tips to remember in the hot weather:

  • Drink lots of water – It is important to keep hydrated as you lose more fluid than you take in during hotter temperatures, this is also vital if you are doing any physical activity and when you are travelling long distances.
  • Keep out of the sun – It is best to try to stay in the shade between the hours of 11am to 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Wear sunscreen – Apply a sun cream of at least factor 15 that includes UVA protection.
  • Loose clothing – Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes along with a hat.
  • Call NHS 111 – If you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation call 111 in the first instance for help.

As always, the Trust will be on hand to attend emergencies but 999 should only be called for life-threatening or potentially life-threatening emergencies.