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Jul 24 2013

Harrow Council supports its elderly and vulnerable residents during the heat wave

harrow_council_logo2Harrow Council is taking extra measures to help its vulnerable and elderly residents keep safe during the heat wave after a Level 3 warning was triggered today.

The council has issued its entire adult services staff with instructions to help people with tips on how to cool down and how to keep their environment cool.

They include front-line staff who work with vulnerable service users in their homes. That way, if anybody spots a vulnerable resident who may be in danger of overheating on a routine visit, staff can get to work immediately to make sure they are cool, comfortable and safe.

Staff in our residential and day centres are ensuring that conditions are kept cool with the use of shades and fans, and that people have access to cold drinks, cold food with a high water content and damp cloths.

The council has also set up a dedicated webpage at www.harrow.gov.uk/heatwave giving advice and guidance to all residents on how to cope in the hot weather. Residents are advised to:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • Avoid physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Drink plenty of cold drinks
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adults, Community and Wellbeing, Cllr Krishna James, said: “While many people are enjoying the heat wave, the conditions can put the health of our elderly and vulnerable residents in jeopardy. We are using our networks of support to make sure that our front line staff are helping vulnerable people to keep cool and watching out for any signs of danger. This could save lives and, at the very least, make sure our residents are kept comfortable in the heat. Anyone wanting tips on how to stay cool in the heat should go to the Harrow Council website.”

A Level 3 warning is triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms there is a 90 per cent chance of heat wave conditions, when temperatures are high enough over threshold levels to have a significant effect on health on at least two consecutive days.

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3 comments

  1. sonoo malkani

    Good to see Harrow Council alerting vulnerable elders during this killer heat-wave.Age UK Harrow and Harrow Carers have also put out similar advice which is most welcome.However,since nobody can realistically be expected to monitor round the clock.Let us all do our bit and look out for vulnerable elders in our neighbourhood and make sure they get cover 24/7.Come on,be an ACE Harrovian!

  2. Praxis Reform

    Typical Harrow Council:

    Two days after the hottest day, they announce “extra measures to help vulnerable and elderly residents” as though they just thought up a new idea…

    However, on the day of announcement, the Met Office says “Temperatures are not expected to reach heatwave threshold values until further notice” and only talks about being prepared for summer.
    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/heat-health/

    But, what are these extra measure? As far as I can see, the council has just followed the Government’s heatwave plan (along with every other Council in England), albeit two days after the hottest day of the year.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/201039/Heatwave-Main_Plan-2013.pdf

  3. j p hobbs

    Yes like Sharks circling a wounded swimmer .

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