We have a little advice to help look after your skin and stay healthy and out of danger:
- Wear appropriate sun protection to avoid sunburn and sunstroke – remember hats and cover up children as much as possible. NEVER leave a child in a car in the sun for any length of time.
- Drink plenty of water whilst out in the sun/it is warm and take regular breaks from it, going indoors or into the shade often. Hats are great for shading your face and wear loose, light clothing to keep cool and protect your skin.
- Don’t go swimming in lakes, rivers, canals or reservoirs – some have unseen currents which can pull you under and the water is a lot colder than you think/would expect.
- Keep your children safe when they are playing on scooters and bikes – provide them with safety headwear to avoid a head injury should they fall.
- Barbecue safety – never use an accelerant to light the barbecue and remember the coals are hot for a long time after they have gone out.
- If you are thinking of doing a spot of gardening, check your tools are in good working order and especially take care when using power tools or climbing ladders.
- Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks – in the heat you will be dehydrated and alcohol makes that worse.
- Be extra vigilant when driving due to sun glare.
Remember 999 is for life-threatening emergencies, for urgent medical advice when you are unsure visit 111.nhs.uk.