Top tips for staying safe in the summer sun
Warnings of hot weather this summer, with
temperatures rising to around 32C/89F, mean it is important that we
are extra careful during the sunny spells over the
next few months.
Though sun-starved Britons are likely to
want to go outside to enjoy the sunshine and get that long-awaited
tan, it’s easy to forget how dangerous it can be. Common health
risks caused by hot weather include heat
exhaustion, heat stroke and
sunburn, which can also lead to death.
According to health records, a four-day
heatwave in 2009 which reached the same peak temperature of 32C/89F
caused 300 people to die. So it really is vital to drink
plenty of water and cover up in the mid-day sun.
Vulnerable people such as young children,
the elderly and those with illnesses are particularly at risk from
the effects of heat, so it is important
to look out for friends and family as well.
To stay safe please read our top tips below on how to avoid,
recognise and treat the most common health problems caused by hot
weather and share what you learn with your friends.
If you’d like more first aid tips at your fingertips then why
not download our free first aid app? Or
we encourage everyone to do a full first aid
course so that you can be the difference between a life lost
and a life saved.
Top tips to avoid health risks:
- Drink plenty of water and carry a bottle
of water with you at all times
- Keep out of the sun during the middle of
- If outside, stay in the shade and cover
up with a hat and loose, long-sleeved clothing
- Turn off lights and electrical equipment
where possible to avoid excess heat generation
- Avoid extreme physical activity
Recognising and treating:
To learn how to recognise and treat common health risks caused
by hot weather click on the links below: