Preparing for emergencies

Be prepared for heatwaves

The Met Office monitor temperatures through summer and communicate heatwave warnings through the media where necessary.

Whilst extreme heat is dangerous to everyone it is especially so to babies and young children, older people, those living in care homes, and those in certain at-risk groups.

If you care for people who could be at risk during a heatwave, it's important that you plan ahead - taking action in advance can help reduce the number of excess deaths from heat.

What symptoms to look out for

In a severe heatwave the body can overheat and dehydrate, leading to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

If you are suffering from heat exhaustion you should move somewhere cool and drink plenty of water or fruit juice. If possible, take a lukewarm shower, or sponge yourself with cold water. If heat exhaustion is left untreated, heatstroke can develop, but it can also occur suddenly and without warning. Symptoms of heatstroke include:

Heatstroke can result in irreversible damage to the body, including the brain, or death so it is important to look after yourself and others in particularly hot weather.

If a heatwave is forecast

Further information

The NHS has produced a leaflet, giving advice on how to spot the symptoms of heatstroke during a heatwave, and setting out the first aid that should be given to people who are affected in this way. To download this leaflet and find out more information about being prepared for a heatwave, visit Heatwave: Be prepared|External link.

Calderdale Council will endeavour to:

Last Updated: 13/12/2013