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Keep safe in the heatwave

Met Office issues Heat Health alert The Met Office have issued a Heat Health Alert Level 3 from today until 9pm on Sunday 14 August. We know you are already aware of this and know what to do to keep yourself safe during a heatwave, but it's important for us to remind you of the things you can do to beat the heat and stay safe:

  • Carry a water bottle with you at all times (especially if using public transport/driving).

  • Offer any spare fans to your neighbours. Wear a hat.

  • Have a bandana that you can soak in cold water and put on the back of your neck.

  • Try and stay in the shade, especially at the hottest part of the day.

  • Work from home if you can, if your house is cool enough and you have fans.

  • Avoid exercise in the hottest part of the day.

  • Top up the water on your car if you must travel and check your tyres and other basic car maintenance / checks to reduce the risk of breaking down.

  • Don't leave dogs in cars and avoid walking them during the hottest part of the day.

  • Please make sure that any elderly and vulnerable neighbours have everything that they need.

More advice

Handy information and contacts

Weather updates Keep track of weather updates via the Met Office weather warning page. Sign up to Met Office updates straight to your email inbox. Power cuts In the event of a power cut, report it to UK Power Networks by calling 0800 31 63 105 or 105. Travel disruption Follow Essex Travel Twitter for updates on travel disruption. Water Summer water safety advice from Essex County Fire and Rescue service. Top water saving tips from Waterwise. Fire People can report deliberate fire setting in their area anonymously to help prevent fires happening by calling FireStoppers on 0800 169 5558 or report online. Pet advice

  • Caring for your dog in hot weather

  • Caring for your cat in hot weather

  • Caring for rodents or rabbits in hot weather

  • Caring for horses in hot weather

  • Caring for other pets in hot weather

Support If you need any help and it is not an emergency, contact the Essex Wellbeing Service on 0300 303 9988.

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