Jul

16

Stay Safe This Summer


The sun has been shining for weeks now, and lots of people are making the most of the summer. The warm weather is perfect for trips out and lazy days in the garden – but the heat can also be bad for your health.

Back in January, Development Officer Imogen shared her tips for braving the cold weather – so now summer has finally arrived, here’s some advice on staying safe and well in the sun:

  • When going outside, use sun cream with a minimum of SPF 15 and cover up with a hat and sunglasses
  • When choosing sunglasses, pick a pair that have a UV 400 label and a statement that says the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection
  • Seek shade or stay indoors during the heat of the day, which is usually between 11am and 3pm
  • Keep curtains or blinds closed during the hottest part of the day to keep your room cooler
  • Stay hydrated by drinking cool water or fruit juice. Try to avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and fizzy drinks where possible
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Take cool baths or showers, and splash the inside of your wrists with cold water to cool down
  • Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and check on them every day if possible

If you follow these tips, there’s no reason not to get out and about and enjoy the summer while it lasts. Take a trip to the beach, treat yourself to an ice scream or enjoy a stroll in the sunshine – just don’t forget the sun cream!

For more advice on staying well in the sun, go to the NHS website.

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