As temperatures are expected to rise above 30 degrees over the
next few days, a Heatwave Level 3 Alert has been issued from now
through to Thursday 21st July. The forecast is for
very warm and humid conditions with overnight temperatures likely
to remain in excess of 20°C.
The groups who are particularly at risk of
health problems when the weather is very hot include the very
young, the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions
such as heart conditions or high blood pressure.
Staff should be aware of the advice and
guidance set out in the DH
Heatwave Plan for England which can be found on the gov.uk
website alongside other useful documents.
Crews should make every effort to maintain
temperatures inside vehicles between 15°C and 25°C.
Medicines should not be used if:
- Solution appears discoloured
- Have been exposed to extreme prolonged heat
- After a temperature excursion if temperature sensitive
- Crews should take time to double check each medicine during
high temperatures to detect any errors
Staff are reminded to consider their own
welfare by drinking plenty of fluids, and try to stay cool and stay
in the shade whenever possible.
Operational crews should ensure they have
access to water/fluids and keep themselves well hydrated.
Office/support staff should use
air-conditioning or fans and open windows where possible. Keep
windows shaded with blinds and if possible move your working
position out of direct sunlight.