Essex public urged to keep cool as warm weather continues

THOSE enjoying the current good weather are being urged to take precautions after the ambulance service responded to several people who suffered heat-related problems over the weekend.

Crews were sent out to a variety of ailments and conditions caused by overexposure to heat or sun, with temperatures reaching or exceeding 30 degrees Celcius.

The most vulnerable in hot weather are the very young, older people or those with existing medical conditions. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse and of course cause sunburn.

In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.

People should do what they can to make themselves safe in the sun, ensure they have enough medication if treating a long-term condition, and take the necessary precautions to prevent the bad effects of heat exposure. There are some simple tips which everyone can follow to ensure you make the best of the weather:

* Wear a hat

* Stick to shady areas when outdoors, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

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* Take particular care when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm

* People with serious health problems (for example heart conditions) should avoid going outside if possible

* Wear plenty of high-factor sun cream and don’t forgot to top up regularly, and replenish after swimming.

* Have insect repellent to hand if you are prone to bites

* If planning a barbecue, take all the usual precautions, ensure food is cooked thoroughly and protect yourself and others from flames.

Ambulance service spokeswoman Joy Hale said: “Our ambulance crews can be very busy at this time of the year, seeing people who might have overdone it in the heat. The warmer weather is something we all take advantage of, and by following just a few simple precautions, people can enjoy the sun safely.”