With the hot and sunny weather likely to last for some time, we are urging residents to stay safe in the sun and the heat.
Older people, those with an underlying health condition and the young are particularly vulnerable to the effects of hot weather due to dehydration.
Ten tips to stay safe in the sun and heat
- Stay out of the sun when it is really hot - spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- Make sure you never burn- Always use at least factor 15 sunscreen that has the letters "UVA" in a circle logo and at least 4 star UVA protection. Regularly reapply sun cream even if it claims to be once a day brand
- Do not do overdo the exercise if it’s very hot
- Wear loose clothes and cover up with a hat or a scarf and don’t forget the sunglasses (with UV protection)
- Drink plenty of water. Sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated. Eat cool food like salads. Take water with you when travelling
- Do not leave children, old people and pets alone in locked cars
- Close curtains during the day to keep rooms cool
- Take cool showers or baths
- Keep an eye on weather forecasts
- Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
For further information on how to cope in hot weather
For further information to keep your skin safe in the sun http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx