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Enjoy the sun – but stay out of the water

With Birmingham set to bask in the sunshine this week, the city council has warned people to stay out of ponds, lakes and canals across the city.

The city is set for a mini heatwave this week, with temperatures set to hit 30C (86F) by Tuesday.

And Cabinet member for Health and Social Care Cllr Paulette Hamilton has warned people not to cool down in open water.

She said: “We want people to enjoy the sunshine but we also want them to be sensible. So the message is simple: Stay out of the water and stay safe.

“Open water may look inviting on the surface but there are often hidden dangers underneath. If you want to swim, we have swimming pools across Birmingham where people can swim safely.”

Cllr Hamilton has also urged people to check on elderly relatives and neighbours to ensure they are coping in the heat.

Extreme heat can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

Top advice for being sun safe:

Cllr Hamilton added: “We all want to enjoy the sunshine but high temperatures can be dangerous, so please keep an eye on people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“It’s important that people take sensible steps to ensure they stay safe in the sun. First of all, we’d advise people to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion. Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 – the higher the factor, the better.”

Useful links

Sun Safety: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/travelhealth/Pages/SunsafetyQA.aspx

Summer safety for younger children: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Childsafety.aspx

Barbecue food safety: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Barbecuefoodsafety.aspx

Preventing hay fever: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Hay%20fever.aspx

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