By following a few simple safety tips, we can all enjoy the sunny weather and avoid the risks of sunburn, sunstroke and skin cancer.
- Stay out of the heat between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
- Wearing light loose-fitting clothing and a hat / scarf
- Apply sunscreen regularly – minimum factor 15. Check it is still in date
- Don’t leave babies, children, older people or ill people or pets alone in stationary cars in hot weather
- Babies, children and very fair skinned people should avoid direct sunlight
- Drink plenty of cold drinks, avoiding alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks
- Keep your home cool by keeping windows shaded and closed during the day when hotter outside
- Open windows at night to cool the home, if safe to do so – electric fans may help too
- Be aware of older people, particularly those with health conditions
- Ensure any medication is kept below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging)
- Take extra care when planning outdoor activities such as barbecues.
The young, older people and those who are ill are most at risk in a heatwave, so remember to check on friends, family and neighbours daily and get help if needed.
For more information visit the NHS website, telephone NHS 111 or visit your local chemist.