Residents warned of dangers as amber heat-health alert issued for Warwickshire - The Rugby Observer

Residents warned of dangers as amber heat-health alert issued for Warwickshire

Editorial Correspondent 7th Sep, 2023 Updated: 7th Sep, 2023   0

AN AMBER heat-health alert has been issued for Warwickshire – upgraded from the yellow warning issued earlier this week.

The warning extends to 9pm on Sunday (September 10) for the wider West Midlands area, with temperatures expected to hit 30 degrees this weekend.

The hot weather is expected to pose challenges for vulnerable people or those who are already unwell, with the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke increasing for children, the elderly and people with long-term health conditions.

Public Health at Warwickshire County Council says support from friends, family and neighbours may be critical for the safety of people in high-risk groups.

Coun Margaret Bell, the council’s spokeswoman for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “The greatest advice is to relax, stay cool, drink lots of cold liquids and, if you can, keep an eye on individuals you know to be at risk.

“It is important to recognise the health dangers that extreme heat can bring and know the signs of heat-related illnesses to try and avert these.

“Be a good neighbour, check in on friends, family and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the heat and make certain you protect yourself by taking all the required actions.”

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Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) also urged residents to stay safe and vigilant.

The council’s spokesman for Community Safety and Fire, Coun Andy Crump, said: “We understand the urge people have to cool off in a lake, river or reservoir but please do not take the risk – the consequences can be fatal. Never swim unattended and if you see someone in trouble in the water, call 999 immediately and ask for the fire service.

“If you do take part in water activities such as paddle boarding or canoeing, ensure you have the correct clothing and equipment with you and plan your day thoroughly, so you don’t get caught out by the hot weather or the nights drawing in.

“Please do not take barbecues or campfires into parks or woodland and make sure you take any litter home with you; it can act as a fuel should a fire start and glass bottles in particular pose a huge risk; they can amplify the sun’s rays and spark a fire on dry or grassy land.”

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A dog welfare charity in the county has issued a reminder to dog owners that there is no safe amount of time to leave dogs alone in a car during the hot weather – with even a few minutes potentially fatal.

Dogs Trust Kenilworth is warning owners that the temperature inside a car could rise to dangerously high levels in just a few minutes, leading to any dogs inside the car suffering with heatstroke. In some cases, heatstroke can lead to the death of the dog.

Symptoms of heatstroke in dogs include panting heavily, drooling excessively, appearing lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, vomiting or diarrhoea, and collapsing.

If you see a dog in a car in distress, the charity advises that members of the public call 999.

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust, said: “Dogs can’t regulate their body heat in the same way as humans, so extra care needs to be taken, especially when exercising or travelling in the car. In this weather, there is no safe amount of time to leave your dog alone in the car, even if you leave the window open.

“Steps can be taken to prevent our dogs suffering such as only walking dogs in the coolest parts of the day, reducing their exercise, ensuring dogs have access to somewhere cool and shady to lay down and making sure they always have access to fresh water.

“And of course, never leave your dog alone in a hot car, not even for a short amount of time.

“If you do suspect your dog has heatstroke, start cooling them and call your vet immediately as it is vital they receive the care they need as soon as possible.”

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