Council encouraging Newham to take care during heatwave

PUBLISHED: 12:47 24 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:47 24 August 2016

The council is warning Newham to stay safe in this summer's sunshine Picture: Dominic Lipinski/ PA Images

The council is warning Newham to stay safe in this summer's sunshine Picture: Dominic Lipinski/ PA Images

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Commuters, children and the elderly are being warned to take care in extreme heat as temperatures are set to hit 31 degrees Celcius today.

Newham Council has issued advice for how people can avoid suffering any lasting ill-affects of the heat, with babies, young children and those aged 75 and over among the most vulnerable.

Among the key steps people can take to stay safe in the hot weather are keeping out of the sun during the hottest time, wearing light, loose-fitting clothing and avoiding extreme physical exertion.

People should also drink plenty of water and carry a bottle while travelling, and avoid excess alcohol.

Cllr Clive Furness, mayoral advisor for adults and health, said: “There may be many people looking forward to the hot weather, but for others it can be an extremely dangerous period.

“It is important we all take simple precautions to stay safe during the hot weather as the affects of too much exposure to the sun can have a lasting impact on vital organs.

“It is also a time that we need to be a good neighbour and look out for our older or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours and ensure they keep cool and safe. If anyone has any health concerns at all they should speak to their GP.”

People are also being urged to check on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and ensure they are able to keep cool. If necessary people should call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or needs further help.

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