Release Date: 23 May 2012
With warm weather expected for the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay in Gloucestershire today, NHS Gloucestershire is reminding people to take care of their health in the heat.
Heat can be particularly dangerous for the very young and old, and can make existing heart and respiratory problems worse.
Dr Shona Arora, Director of Public Health said:
'We're expecting lots of people to be out today and on Thursday to welcome the Olympic Torch Relay. And with the sudden arrival of warm and sunny weather, it's easy to get caught out by the heat and feel unwell.'
'Sensible advice is to cover up with a hat, wear sunscreen and find a shady spot to watch the relay. Remember to bring along plenty of drinking water or fruit juice to help you stay hydrated and take extra care of babies and young children who are more vulnerable to the affects of hot weather.'
'If someone you are with does feel unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink. If they develop symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, dizziness or cramps, which don't go away, seek medical help.'
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