The Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme, overseen by Public Health England have sent through these handy resources in order to help you keep safe and cool during the hot Summer period.
In total, an estimated 2,556 heat-related deaths occurred in summer 2020 across all ages in England. This is the highest estimate of heat-related deaths since the introduction of the Heatwave Plan for England in 2004. This equates to an estimated 72 heat-related deaths in 2020 that could have been prevented in Berkshire. We also know the impact of heat on mortality is not reflected in admissions, supporting the idea that many heat-related deaths occur before people come to medical attention.
We must ensure that all vulnerable groups who are at high risk of suffering from hot weather are protected. Particularly those who are less able to adapt to hot weather and rely on others to help them to stay cool and well during hot weather. This group includes babies and young children, having a disability, being bed bound, alcohol/drug misuse, having dementia, people who are already ill and dehydrated (for example, from gastroenteritis). Please use this checklist from PHE: BEAT THE HEAT
Check out the Summer health useful links below:
- Sun, UV and cancer
- How to get vitamin D from sunlight
- UK-AIR – health advice about those who may be particularly sensitive to air pollution. or call 0800 55 66 77
- Stay gas safe this summer
- Water safety advice
- Window safety for children
- Frimley water and video safety video for you and your family (YouTube) – can be used for Drowning Prevention Week (19th to 26th June 2021)
- Keep your Kids safe this Summer
- Stay Hydrated
- How to cope in hot weather