Residents asked to support pets and vulnerable people during hot weather

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Keep an eye out for your vulnerable friends, relatives, neighbours, and pets, after a Yellow Heat-Health Alert was announced.

That is the message from public health team at Bedford Borough Council, with the alert in place until 6pm on Thursday 27 June.

Rising temperatures could pose potential risks to health, and we can all play a role in preventing the harmful effects of extreme heat.

A council spokesperson said, "During periods of extreme weather, hot and cold alike, it is crucial that we come together as a community and look out for one another. 

“A simple act of checking on a neighbour, family member, or friend can make a significant difference and ensure their safety and wellbeing.

“And please don’t forget to look out for your pets, ensuring that they can stay cool with access to water."

The following can help people keep themselves and their loved ones cool and protected during high temperatures, both at home and when venturing outdoors:

  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, and avoid alcoholic or sugary beverages as they can contribute to dehydration
  • Seek shade, and stay in shaded areas whenever possible, especially during the hottest parts of the day - typically between 11am and 3pm
  • Dress appropriately, wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-coloured clothing that allows your body to breathe
  • Keep indoor spaces cool, close curtains or blinds during the day to prevent direct sunlight from entering your home, and use fans or air conditioning if available
  • Check on vulnerable individuals, reach out to elderly neighbours, relatives, or friends, and ensure they have adequate access to water, proper ventilation, and a cool environment
  • Never leave people or pets in parked vehicles, even with windows slightly open, temperatures inside vehicles can quickly rise to dangerous levels
  • Avoid walking dogs when the ground is hot on their feet, try early morning or late evening walks
  • Watch out for signs of heat-related illnesses like dizziness and feeling unwell
  • Visit one of our community Welcoming Spaces (, where you will be able to have a cold drink and a chat.

The spokesperson added, “As well as looking after others, it's vital that we take care of ourselves during these hot conditions. These guidelines can help all of us contribute to a safer and healthier community."

Further information on supporting vulnerable people during a heatwave can be found at

Residents are encouraged to report any concerns for vulnerable individuals or seek further assistance by contacting the Bedford Borough Council. Details can be found on the website at 

If in doubt, think 111 first, go online at for advice, or call NHS 111 for an assessment and instructions on where to get urgent medical help.

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