Home Health Stay safe in the sun
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Stay safe in the sun

by Cathy Sheel

With temperatures continuing to rise in the coming days, make sure you keep yourself, and those around you, safe and well in the sun.

The Met Office has warned of very warm days and nights for most of this week, so Public Health experts in Knowsley are reminding us that the hot weather can be dangerous for the vulnerable, such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

There are lots of things we can all do to keep ourselves – and those around us – safe during the hot weather:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  • Wear at least factor 30 sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection and remember to apply 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Reapply every couple of hours.  Always follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Ensure all children wear a hat or head covering.
  • Ensure children wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
  • Ensure everyone has plenty of cold drinks to keep hydrated (avoiding caffeine, alcohol or sugary drinks).
  • It is advisable to eat cold foods, particularly washed salads and fruit with a high water content.
  • Keep the environment cool by keeping windows that are exposed to the sun closed or shaded – electric fans will help too and ensure a flow of air.
  • DO NOT use an electric fan if anyone in the home is unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Ensure there are shaded areas in play areas.
  • Don’t leave babies and young children alone especially in cars or rooms which get very warm such as conservatories.
  • Monitor children and vulnerable adults with health conditions.
  • Ensure that medication is kept below 25C.
  • Take extra care when planning outdoor activities such as barbecues, which involve prolonged time spent outdoors as well as posing an additional fire risk.
  • Don’t jump into cold water (dams etc) to cool down. Extreme caution should be taken if entering, playing or swimming in open water.

In the meantime, if you are worried about what to do, either for yourself or somebody you know who you think might be at risk, telephone NHS 111 or visit your local chemist.

More information and advice can be found on the Met Office website.