Tips on how to stay safe and enjoy the hot weather

It’s not all sun and games

We all like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, but it’s really important that you and your family stay safe as well.

Hot weather can cause the following problems:

Some residents are at a higher risk

People who are more vulnerable include:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports.

A chance to help out in the community

Please be aware that there may be vulnerable people in your community who may not have anyone to help them, this is a great opportunity to check on them to make sure that they are looking after themselves during the hot weather.

Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG and local GP added:

“While many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat or ultraviolet radiation.”

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Cold water kills

We want everyone to enjoy outdoor spaces and reservoirs. But please act safely and responsibly. This video highlights the dangers of swimming in reservoirs.

Don’t be a silly sausage

We all love a BBQ, but we should be aware of the risks they pose. Check out this article by the West Yorkshire Fire Service on safety tips and a sobering report on the dangers BBQs can pose when not used correctly.

No safe or healthy way to get a tan

Also, don’t forget that sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn doesn’t just happen on holiday – you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy. There’s no safe or healthy way to get a tan. A tan doesn’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects.  Make sure that you spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest.

Here’s a few tips to keep you safe in the sun:

  • spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • make sure you never burn
  • cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • take extra care with children
  • use at least factor 20 sunscreen

Summer crime, are you at risk?

Burglaries often increase during the summer months, when burglars take advantage of doors and windows being left open. West Yorkshire Police have put together a fantastic online resource explaining how you might be at risk.

A final reminder about our public spaces

Please remember a Public Space Protection order is still in place across all Kirklees and National Trust owned land. For more information on how that affects you, we have put together a handy article with includes everything you need to know.

Want to find out more?

For even more tips, including sun safety, barbecue food safety, preventing hay fever and insect bites, visit NHS Choices.

Further information is also available on the NHS North Kirklees CCG website and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG websites.



Why you might see a gritter in summer and how to stay safe on hot roads

We are expecting some hot weather over the coming weeks, with some air temperatures reaching over 30 degrees. With this, our gritters might need to come out – so we’d like to give you a heads-up so you don’t wonder what they’re up to…

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What will the hot weather do to our roads?

When the sun is out for a while, it can start to make the tar on the roads much softer than usual, which can alter the way drivers use our roads. It might not always seem too warm at 30 degrees (although it will certainly be ice-lolly weather), the roads absorb the heat, which can make the roads almost 20 degrees hotter than the air. A change in the roads structure can happen, which is similar to melting.

But why the gritters? Aren’t they just for winter?

If the hot weather continues, our grit lorries are on standby to go out and spread crushed rock dust – a common method used to create a non-stick surface and limit damage to the road surface.

Please stay safe while travelling

Drivers can keep themselves, passengers and pedestrians safe by driving a little slower and avoiding heavy braking in affected areas.