Plan ahead for Olympic torch arrival

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Stay safe and look after yourselves when the Olympic Torch arrives in the region.

That’s the meesage from South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb).

The torch travels widely throughout Sussex, Kent and Surrey between Monday July 16 and Friday July 20.

SECAmb is asking members of the public celebrating the torch’s arrival at any point to plan their journey ahead of the day and follow some simple tips to stay safe and well.

If the weather is hot then drink plenty of water, use sun cream and cover up and be aware of any pre-existing medical conditions you or friends and family have which can be exacerbated in higher temperatures.

Given the recent heavy rainfall for this time of year, SECAmb is also reminding people to pack appropriate clothing for wetter weather.

If people are looking to gain a good early viewing position and may be at the roadside for some time, then it’s important they keep warm and dry.

As always, SECAmb plans ahead for periods of anticipated increase in demand but is asking the public for its help by reminding them when to call 999.

SECAmb Contingency Planning and Resilience Manager Jon Amos said: “The Torch Relay coming to our region is of course a real reason for celebration. People can ensure they enjoy the occasion by planning their day well and wearing appropriate clothing and sun protection depending on the weather. While the evening celebrations are ticketed events, we are anticipating an increase in the number of people visiting these towns and cities on those days. We have robust plans in place to manage the potential increase in demand but we would ask that everyone is sensible and remembers that 999 should only be used in an emergency.”