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Met Office – Heat Health Alert – Level 3

Updated 19th June 2017 at 17:04

 

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Watch Alert for the West Midlands.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/#?tab=heatHealth

This Alert is triggered as soon as the Met Office confirm that there is a 90% risk of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have significant effects on health (30oC during the day and 15oC at night).

There is a 90% chance of heatwave conditions in the West Midlands between 09:00 on Monday 19th June 2017 and 09:00 on Thursday 22nd June 2017.

This is an important time to ensure people are prepared and to remind ourselves of how to look after ourselves and others during high temperature conditions as it has long been recognised that death rates rise in the early stages of heatwaves.

During hot spells, vulnerable groups, such as older people (particularly over 75 years), babies, those with severe health conditions and the homeless are particularly at risk. However, in extreme heatwave conditions, the fit and healthy can also be affected.

Top tips to being prepared for hot weather

Take extra care with food in hot weather

When it’s hot, bacteria on food can multiply very quickly, which increases the risk of food poisoning. So, it’s important to make sure food is:

Look out for others

Advice during Ramadan

 

It is common to have one meal just before sunrise and an evening meal after sunset during Ramadan.  During hot weather, dehydration is a common and serious risk.  It’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water.

If you start to feel unwell, disorientated or confused, or collapse or faint, advice is to stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid.  This is especially important for older adults, those with poorly controlled medical conditions such as low/ high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are receiving dialysis treatment.  The Muslim Council of Britain has confirmed that breaking fast in such conditions is allowable under Islamic Law.  Also make sure to check on others in the community who may be at greater risk and keep an eye on children to ensure they are having a safe and healthy Ramadan.

The Department of Health has produced guidance, in association with the NHS, to help ensure that members of the Muslim community have a safe and healthy Ramadan:

Ramadan Health Guide: A Guide to Healthy Fasting: http://www.communitiesinaction.org/Ramadan%20Health%20and%20Spirituality%20Guide.pdf

Further information is available on NHS Choices: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/healthyRamadan/Pages/Healthyramadanhome.aspx

Information on Heatwave preparedness is available at: http://www.birminghamprepared.gov.uk/advice/specific-risks/heatwave/

The National Heatwave Plan for England can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/429384/Heatwave_Main_Plan_2015.pdf

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