London borough of Harrow Leader, Cllr Paul Osborn, has urged residents to enjoy the summer heat safely, following record temperatures for June.
In a message to residents in the weekly MyHarrow newsletter, Cllr Osborn said: “This summer is shaping up to be another hot one, with record temperatures for June already reached.
“Harrow is a fantastic place to enjoy the good weather and we’re lucky to have so many pleasant green spaces available. Harrow was recently rated the best London borough for health and environment, in part because of its pleasant and green environment.
“Many of our parks fly the green flag awarded to only the best-kept green spaces in the country. And we’re looking to get more of our parks up to this highest of standards.
“Please enjoy our parks and please take care of your litter afterwards. If a bin is full, find another one or take your rubbish home. The hot weather also means an increased risk of fire, that’s why barbecues are not allowed in our parks.
“NHS colleagues told us this week that they’re seeing a high demand for A&E services. The hot weather doesn’t suit everyone and things like hay fever can be a serious complicating factor for people with conditions such as asthma. Please see NHS guidance on heat health below and how best to get help if you need it.”
Cllr Osborn posted this NHS link within the MyHarrow newsletter with all the important guidance for people to follow.
Further guidance on heat health states that people should:
- Stay cool and hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
- Wear loose, light-coloured clothing.
- Stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Take a cool bath or shower.
- If you have to go outside, wear a hat and sunglasses.
- Check on elderly relatives or neighbours, especially if they live alone.
If you feel unwell, such as dizzy, weak, or have a headache, go to a cool place and rest. If your symptoms don’t improve, or you have any other concerns, call 111.
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