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St John Ambulance issues advice for heatwave

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

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LEADING first aid charity St John Ambulance is issuing advice to help people across Uttoxeter cope in the heatwave.

The Met Office has declared a level 2 health alert, which is triggered when there is a high chance that temperatures will reach between 28 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius over two consecutive days and not dip below 15 degrees Celsius at night.

Nick Pitt, community training co-ordinator for St John Ambulance in the West Midlands, said: "Extreme heat can be dangerous, particularly for the very young and old, but by being prepared you can spot the early warning signs and potentially be the difference between life and death in an emergency.

"Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most serious problems that can develop when the mercury soars.

"It's essential that people can spot the signs, such as headache and dizziness, and get them somewhere cool and rehydrated as soon as possible."

When the temperature rises, the most common conditions St John Ambulance first aiders treat people for are cramp, fainting, sunburn and dehydration.

The charity's advice is to apply sun cream, cover up and stay hydrated, as you are then more likely to enjoy the high temperatures without incident.

To keep cool in the heat and stay safe, people are being advised by volunteers at the organisation to download the free St John Ambulance First Aid application which is available for iPhone, Android or Blackberry, which gives advice on sunburn and heat stroke, as well as life saving information.

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