Vets are reissuing their warning that pets can struggle as the temperature rises. To keep your animal happy in the sunshine, they're advising us to:
- Make sure they always have adequate water to drink.
- Don’t leave dogs in vehicles.
- Provide adequate ventilation at all times.
- Avoid exercising dogs in the heat of the day.
- Provide shade from the sun in the hottest part of the day.
- Watch out for early signs of heatstroke, such as heavy panting.
- Contact a vet immediately if the animal does not respond to efforts to cool it down.
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as the six weeks summer holidays kick off to a sizzling start. It has appealed to people to take note of simple safety messages to avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies when many people lost their lives cooling off in open water, not suitable for swimming.
Figures released from the National Water Safety Forum - a partner of the RLSS UK, has revealed that the peak summer months of July and August witnessed the most deaths in 2013, with106 during the heat wave period.
A road safety charity is urging the public to stop drink driving this summer after figures have risen across our region in the heatwave.
5,170 of the 100,892 drivers breathalysed in the month-long crackdown failed the test.
The UK drink drive limit is 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood which is the highest in Europe.
Road safety charity Brake is urging people to be vigilant about all forms of drink driving as drink drive casualties normally peak over the summer.
The charity is asking people to never drive after drinking any amount of alcohol and to speak out about drink driving.
It's going to be hot and humid start to the week, before some thundery showers. Philippa Drew has the forecast.
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But for others the tropical temperatures are taking their toll. Coping with the heat throughout the day and with little respite at night is bordering on unbearable. And for some there's simply no escape, as Martin Dowse explains.
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HM Coastguard has seen a 23% increase in incidents in the past month, as many take the opportunity to enjoy the summer sunshine along the UK coastline.
From 15 June to 16 July this year, HM Coastguard dealt with 2,859 incidents. That’s an increase of 668 compared to the same period in 2012.
Now with the school summer holidays fast approaching, HM Coastguard is keen to reiterate some key safety advice.
It’s not only swimmers in difficulty that HM Coastguard has recently dealt with. Other emergencies or calls for assistance include medical evacuations, mechanical problems with small boats, divers in difficulty, people stuck in mud, cliff falls and people cut off by the tide.