Warning That Fans Could Cause Excess Dehydration As Temps Soar
Oh, we'll all just a bit too warm, aren't we? As the UK is currently basking in sunshine, with temperatures in the 30Cs, Public Health England's 'Heatwave Plan' might come in handy.
The Met Office has forecast 37C for parts of the UK on Friday, and, yeah, it's all well and good getting a bit of vitamin D and being able to use that barbeque you forked out for three years ago, but commuting is even worse than usual and let's not get started on the living nightmare that is trying to sleep.
If you're the sort of person who smugly bought a fan a few weeks back before they sold out everywhere, you might be tempted to put it on to try and keep cool, however, according to the Heatwave Plan, electric fans should only be used when temperatures are below 35C.
According to the plan, during 'temperatures above 35C fans may not prevent heat related illness' adding that the use of fans may actually cause 'excess dehydration'. Absolutely not what you want during this current hot spell.
The plan goes on to say: "A fan might help to increase heat loss if the temperature is below 35 °C and the fan is not directly aimed at the person, but, when temperatures are above 35 °C, the fan might actually contribute to heat gain."
As well as offering advice, such as keeping the fan at a distance from people and making sure to have regular drinks to combat dehydration.
The south and south east of the UK are set to get the hottest temperatures in the coming days.
The surge in temperatures has lead the Trades Union Congress to urge employers to allow flexible working hours and the option of a more relaxed dress-code including shorts and t-shirts, where possible.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady told the Daily Mail: "It's no fun working in a baking office or factory and employers should do all they can to take the temperature down.
"The most simple way for staff to keep cool inside when it's scorching outside is being able to work in more casual clothing. While shorts and vest tops may not be appropriate for all, nobody should be made to wilt in the heat for the sake of keeping up appearances.
"Bosses who provide a cool and comfortable work environment are going to get more out of their staff. Workers who are unable to dress down in more appropriate summer clothing, or who work in offices without air-conditioning, fans or a plentiful supply of cool drinking water, are going to feel lethargic, and lack inspiration and creativity."
So there you go, if you've been useless at work this week show your boss this.
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