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Emergency services warn about dangers of heat

Temperatures are expected to hit 35°C today Credit: Boris Roessler/DPA/PA Images

The emergency services are reminding islanders about the risks of hot weather as temperatures are set to soar this week.

Temperatures are expected to hit 35°C today, 27°C on Wednesday and 28°C on Thursday.

Islanders are advised to

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades, blinds or curtains when it is hotter outside
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows
  • Have cool baths or showers, and drink plenty of water. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing
  • Use sunscreen and hats especially for babies and young children
  • Avoid leaving children and pets in cars or other confined spaces

With temperatures forecast to become hot over the next couple of days, it is important that people,especially those at risk from the effects of exposure to heat, take precautions. Those at risk include elderly people, babies and young children as well as those with a serious chronic condition such as heart or breathing problems.

I would urge islanders to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. The hottest part of the day - if they are vulnerable to the effects of the heat.

Please also check up on friends,relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

– Peter Gavey, Chief Ambulance Officer

During a period of settled dry weather the ground becomes so dry that the risk of a starting a wildfire increases, therefore it is important not to litter or leave glass lying around as the sunlight reflecting on the glass can start a fire.Please also do not drop matches or cigarettes, smoke or use any naked flames near gorse or heath land.

We want people to enjoy the hot weather and barbecue safely. I would remind people to only use barbecues in a safe area, away from areas of gorse or heath land, never to leave them unattended and to be careful when deposing of ashes to ensure that they are not still hot.

Please also have a bucket of water or sand nearby the barbecue for emergencies

– Chief Fire Officer Paul Brown

Animal charities are urging owners to keep their pets in the shade during the hot weather.

The GSPCA says it is best to walk dogs early in the day or later in the evening.

They advise not travel or leave dogs in cars as this can be fatal.