As the the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announces an amber heatwave alert in many parts of the country including Ealing, Ealing Council is reminding residents to keep safe and cool as well as informing them BBQs in council parks and land is not allowed.
While unlikely to hit the 40Cs experienced last month in Ealing and across the country, mid 30Cs are still expected
The amber alert is in action from now until 6pm on Saturday (13 August 2022).
The council is also reminding residents that BBQs on council parks and land is not allowed.
In a statement, it said: “Local people are reminded that BBQs and fires are not allowed in any of the borough’s parks or open spaces at any time. Ealing Council is supporting the London Fire Brigade as it works to prevent grass fires – which the capital is at more of a risk from during hot and dry weather. Some of the most common causes of grass fires are barbecues left unattended, carelessly discarded cigarettes and matches, and glass bottles left on dry grass.”
The council added: “Hot weather can be dangerous, and can increase health risks especially for the very young, older people and those with serious illnesses. In a heatwave people may become dehydrated and their bodies can overheat. This can cause heat exhaustion which can cause many symptoms including; headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness or cramps, pale skin and a high temperature. It’s important if you start to feel unwell to seek medical advice as soon as possible or it could develop into heatstroke which can lead to serious health problems.”