Kirklees residents urged to take precautions and look out for the vulnerable during heatwave

Little girl in a sun hat

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for extreme heat from Sunday 17 July.

Alongside Kirklees Health and Care Partnership, we are urging everyone to be sun smart and take precautions.

High temperatures can have adverse effects on everyone, in particular our most vulnerable residents.

Drinking plenty of water, applying suncream regularly, avoiding the sun between 11am – 3pm, wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses, staying in the shade and having a cool bath or shower are some of the things that will help to keep you safe during high temperatures.

Never leave anyone in a parked vehicle during hot weather, particularly babies, young children or animals, this can be fatal.

Councillor Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said:

“It’s important to enjoy the summer safely and be prepared for the extreme temperatures forecasted to start this weekend.

“Older people, those with serious health conditions, babies and young children are most at risk in a heatwave so please check-in on neighbours, family and friends to make sure they are safe and following the steps above.

“Drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess alcohol helps with hydration, as well as not exercising between 11am-3pm which is the hottest part of the day.

“I urge everyone to please follow the advice, stay safe, have fun, and look after one another.”

More information on how to cope in hot weather from the NHS.