Caution Urged As Heatwave Grips Stirling and Scotland


Categories: Constituency, Health, Safer Communities, SNP Scottish Government

Record Highs Pose Danger to Life

Stirling MP Alyn Smith has echoed warnings to Stirling residents regarding this week’s heatwave, as parts of Scotland and the UK break record highs. Several countries in mainland Europe have declared states of emergency, as the secondary effects of the heatwave wreak havoc to travel systems, citizens and public services – including raging wildfires.

The Scottish Government has issued public health advice, urging the public to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids – including avoiding excess alcohol. Communities are also urged to look out for vulnerable friends, family members and neighbours, those with underlying conditions and those living alone, all of whom may struggle to stay cool and hydrated.

Mr Smith also reiterated guidance from the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park over the dangers of wild swimming, which can include cold water shock and drowning. The public are advised to stay alert for people in distress, to follow the Water Safety Code and in an emergency call 999. 

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘Whilst it’s completely natural to enjoy hotter weather, we must remain vigilant when we’re seeing temperatures as high as we are. Much of our infrastructure was not designed for the kind of climate we’re experiencing this week, so we should take extra care to drink plenty of fluids, stay cool and help others who may be vulnerable to the extreme heat. I particularly urge any wild swimmers to stay alert to the dangers present, and enjoy Stirling’s waterways responsibility.’


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