Heatwave advisory issued for Oxfordshire

Residents are being urged to take care while enjoying the sunshine that is set to hit Oxfordshire at the end of this week.
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Following last week’s sunshine and high temperatures, the mercury is set to hit over 30 degrees yet again at the end of this week.

There are several easy steps that residents can take to stay safe while enjoying the weather:

- Seek shade and try and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when UV exposure is at its strongest.

- Wear UV sunglasses, a hat or light scarf, loose, light clothing, and apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 – ideally higher.

- Drink lots of water and try to avoid caffeine, fizzy drinks or alcohol.

- Keep an eye out for vulnerable groups like older people, very young children, or those with serious illnesses, who may be vulnerable in very hot conditions.

- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Oxfordshire County Council issues public safety tips with temperatures set to rise above 30 at the end of the weekOxfordshire County Council issues public safety tips with temperatures set to rise above 30 at the end of the week
Oxfordshire County Council issues public safety tips with temperatures set to rise above 30 at the end of the week

- Keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun, and opening windows at coolers times of the day – and at night – where you can.

- Turn off all non-essential lights and electrical items so as not to generate excess heat.

This year, as more people are staying at home due to COVID-19, residents are urged check on older or sick relatives, neighbours, or friends every day during hot weather – this can be done over the phone or with video technology.

However, if this is not possible and direct care is needed for someone at risk from the hot weather, the following steps should be taken:

- Wash hands on arrival at the home of the person using soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser

- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing

- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

- Do not visit if you are unwell and make alternative arrangements for their care

Oxfordshire county council consultant in public health, Dr Eunan O’Neill said: “Most of us look forward to enjoying the sunshine, but for some people it can bring some real health risks. It’s easy to stay safe in the sun by staying hydrated, avoiding sunburn, and staying out of the sun during the hottest times of the day.

“It is also critical that we ensure that we all continue to adhere to Covid-19 guidance at all times – wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces, washing our hands regularly, and maintaining social distancing.”