Jenny Willott urges constituents to look out for vulnerable neighbours during heat wave

July 12, 2013 2:45 PM

City Hall

With hot weather forecast for the next few weeks, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central Jenny Willott is encouraging her constituents to take extra care. Dehydration and heatstroke can be particularly dangerous for vulnerable individuals, including some elderly people.

Age UK provide top tips for staying cool this summer:

• Stay inside during the hottest time of the day

• Use sunscreen lotion of factor 15 or above

• When travelling always carry a bottle of water

• Limit activities like housework and gardening to cooler times of the day

• Wear lose, light weight, cotton clothing

• Drink lots of fluids and eat more cold foods such as salad and fruit, which contain water

Information is also available on their website on how to recognise heat-related symptoms and what to do if someone shows signs of them: www.ageuk.org.uk/health-wellbeing/keeping-your-body-healthy/staying-cool-in-a-heatwave/

Commenting Jenny Willott MP said:

"We all want to enjoy the sun when it appears, and I hope everyone is looking forward to a wonderful summer. But we also need to be aware of the dangers the hot weather can bring - I appreciate sun stroke is not usually something you need to worry about in Wales, but that's all the more reason to take extra care! Small children and the elderly can be particularly vulnerable to dehydration or overheating. Many elderly people may not have the energy to leave the house to get food or vital medication, so I urge everyone in Cardiff to look out for their neighbours to ensure everyone enjoys the sun safely."

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