Large parts of England will be experiencing a heatwave this week, and heatwave alerts have been issued across the country. While many people are enjoying the sunshine, it can also be extremely dangerous.
Heatwaves are becoming more frequent, longer, hotter and deadlier across the world, especially in urban areas. However, the threats they pose are preventable if cities and residents are prepared for extreme heat and take steps to save lives.
The past seven years, from 2015 to 2021, have been the hottest on record and this year is already a punishing one. The life-threatening temperature spikes seen in recent months across India, Pakistan, East Asia and southern Europe are an ominous sign of what is to come as the world gets warmer.
Every year, increasingly scorching temperatures put millions of people at risk of heat-related illnesses and claim the lives of thousands of others. People living in cities are hardest hit because urban areas are warmer than the surrounding countryside and are getting hotter due to climate change. Those most at risk are already vulnerable – the elderly and isolated, infants, pregnant women, those with pre-existing ailments and the urban poor, who often work outdoors or live and work in buildings without air conditioning or adequate ventilation.
Important Advice from Public Health England
In the UK, Public Health England is advising everyone to take heed of some important advice over the next few days during the predicted heatwave.
Temperatures are likely to rise throughout the week, which may leave older people, young children and those with long-term conditions, including heart and lung diseases, struggling to adapt to the heat. So, be sure to keep an eye on friends and family who may be at risk.
Dr Thomas Waite, Consultant in Health Protection at Public Health England, says: “There is a high chance that temperatures will climb towards the weekend, leaving vulnerable people at risk. The over 65s, young children and those with health conditions can find normal activities a strain when temperatures get this high. To stay cool, avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day, carry water with you when travelling and think what you can do stay cool when going to outdoor events.”
Top Tips for Staying Safe
To ensure you keep safe in the hot weather, follow these simple steps from Public Health England:
- Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- Drink plenty of water. Sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children and animals
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
- If you are travelling, make sure you take water with you
Stay Cool with help from PE1
PE1’s stores offer practical and fun ways for all the family to stay cool during the heatwave! Here are just a few:
Head to The Works for their array of summer steals, including their Mist Spray Fan with soft, safe and powerful fan blades. Simply fill it with water, turn on the fan and pump to spray. An easy way to stay fresh in the heat and only £3.
You can also browse and buy The Work’s range of summer reads – perfect for enjoying while you shelter yourself from the sun. From steamy romances to psychological thrillers to get you hot under the collar – you’re sure to find a new sizzling summer read you’ll love.
Pets Corner at PE1 is your one-stop-shop for all things animal. It has a range of products to help your furry friends stay cool as the temperatures rise, including Great&Small Cool Pads. These pads work when either the weight of the dog or pressure is applied to them. The Cool Pad will maintain a slightly lower temperature than the surrounding temperature for up to 3–4 hours of constant use. It automatically recharges itself as your pet moves.
Pets Corner also stocks sun protection balm for your four-legged friends, formulated using intensively nourishing ingredients. Perfect for pets that love to soak up the sun, whilst also repelling insects.
mybaby at PE1 is a proud stockist of Dreambaby products, including stroller fans. These fans are universal with no need to charge – simply pop in batteries and they are ready to go! The shop also stocks summer essentials such as parasols, car sun shades, sleep shades, swimming aids, re-useable swimming nappies and more.
General information about the current heatwave and how to keep cool and safe can be found on the NHS website.