High temperatures can be harmful to your health and as the climate changes we’re seeing more extreme weather conditions.
Here are some practical hints and tips to keep yourself and others safe and well during extreme hot weather.
Listen to the weather forecast and news
Know what weather conditions are expected in your local area and plan ahead as necessary.
Heatwaves can affect other services such as power and water supplies, and public transport.
Air pollution can become worse during hot weather.
Check in on others
Remember to check on friends, family, and neighbours, particularly people with young children or older people who are more at risk.
Be sun safe and plan ahead
Some people can feel the effects of the heat more than others.
The hottest hours of the day are 11am – 3pm.
The risk of fire is greatly increased in hot, dry conditions. Please don’t be tempted to light a garden fire or BBQ when it’s very hot outside.
Take your rubbish home with you – leave BBQs at home and don’t leave litter in the countryside where it can catch fire.
Help our friends at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. You can anonymously report anyone starting fires by calling FireStoppers on 0800 169 5558 or completing their online form below.
Although it’s tempting to cool off when the weather is warm, open water is very dangerous. Drowning accidents are especially high in the summer months. None of Barnsley Council’s open water areas have safe, organised swimming. Speak to your children about being safe around open water.
It’s colder than it looks
Water at open water and inland sites is often much colder than it looks, cold water can affect your ability to swim and self-rescue. The body can very quickly go into cold water shock and even the strongest of swimmers can drown.
It’s stronger than it looks
Currents in the water can be very strong. If you find yourself caught in a current, don’t swim against it – you’ll tire yourself out. Swim with the current and call for help.
Float to live
If you found yourself struggling in the water unexpectedly, your instinct would tell you to swim hard. But cold water shock can make you gasp uncontrollably, breathe in water, and drown. Instead, you should float to live:
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