BCP Council says the forecast of high temperatures this weekend is giving them cause for concern and particularly as thousands are expected to flock to the beaches.
The authority has put together a guide on what to do to stay safe and how to look out for others.
Along with public health advice, such as drinking plenty of fluids and seeking shade, it includes top tips for travelling to the beach and towns, so that drivers can avoid queues in the heat, beach-goers can find a quiet spot and the risk of fire is reduced.
Cllr Bobbie Dove, Community Safety and Regulatory Services said: “We have put on more resources this summer to help you have the best time at the beach.
“If you want to get a parking space, get real time updates of parking across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole with our Beach Check app. It also tells you which parts of the beach are quieter.
“Remember seafront car parks also tend to be full by 10am on busy weekends, so try Avenue Road and Richmond Gardens car parks for more chance of a spot.
“You can also catch the Park and Ride Beach Bus from Kings Park to Boscombe Pier for only £5.
“We know lots of you really care about our beaches and wildlife as much as we do, so please remember open fires, fire pits and fire bowls are not permitted at any time on our beaches, promenades, cliffs or cliff tops, or our precious nature reserves. Take a picnic or use one of our electric BBQs instead.”
Beach-goers can also keep cool at the seafront with 150 plus free drinking water sites, as part of BCP Council’s campaign with City to Sea.
Cllr Jane Kelly, portfolio holder for Communities, Health and Leisure, said: “Weather like this is something many people look forward to. But it’s worth remembering to stay hydrated, carry water with you when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.
“If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”
How you can keep safe in the hot weather:
- Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk.
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
- Use cool spaces if going outdoors.
- Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, vulnerable adults, or animals.
- Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
- If you have to go outside in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling.
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