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Staying safe in the sun this summer

Article date - 02 July 2018

While many of us enjoy the glorious weather and like to have fun in the sun, it’s vital to remember the importance of staying safe.
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Warm weather can cause problems for older people, young children - and those with chronic conditions.

Therefore St Helens Council’s Public Health team is advising residents to follow the top tips below in order to keep cool this summer.

 · Cover exposed parts of your skin with sunscreen, even on cloudy or days. Use one that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above and is effective against UVA and UVB.

· Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.

· Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm

· Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows.

· Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

· Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.

· Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.

· Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

· Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

· Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

· Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.


Find out more by visiting www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather