We have received information that there is likely to be a heatwave warning for this coming weekend.
Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth or call the NHS on 111 or visit your local chemist.

Children cannot control their body temperature as efficiently as adults during hot weather because they do not sweat as much and so can be at risk of ill-health from heat. Heat- related illness can range from mild heat stress to potentially life-threatening heatstroke. The main risk from heat is dehydration (not having enough water in the body).

If your child is showing signs of a heat related illness, the following steps to reduce body temperature should be taken immediately:
1. Move the child to as cool a room as possible and encourage them to drink cool water (such as water from a cold tap).
2. Cool the child as rapidly as possible, using whatever methods you can. For example, sponge or spray the child with cool (25 to 30°C) water – if available, place cold packs around the neck and armpits, or wrap the child in a cool, wet sheet and assist cooling with a fan.
3. Dial 999 to request an ambulance if the person doesn’t respond to the above treatment within 30 minutes.

During periods of high temperature, the following steps should be taken:
– children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are in excess of 30°C
– encourage children playing outdoors to stay in the shade as much as possible
– children should wear loose, light-coloured clothing to help keep cool and sun hats with wide brims to avoid sunburn
– use sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) to protect skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes
– provide children with plenty of water (such as water from a cold tap) and encourage them to drink more than usual when conditions are hot.

I hope you find this information useful – but please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the sunshine and stay safe.
Kind regards
The Hardmoor Team
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