With temperatures set to rise across Norfolk and Waveney over the weekend and into next week, we’re reminding people how to stay sun safe this summer.
Although most of us welcome the summer sun, high temperatures and an increase in UV levels can be dangerous, especially for the very young or old or those with long-term illnesses.
Make sure you:
- Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- Make sure you never burn
- Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- Take extra care with children
- Use at least factor 15 sunscreen.
Hot weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients – especially those over 75, people who find it hard to keep cool, such as babies and people with Alzheimer’s, and people who have serious or long term illness.
Top ways for staying safe in the sun
- Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions,
- Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors,
- Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated,
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals,
- Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down,
- Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat,
- Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day,
- Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes,
- Make sure you take water with you if you are travelling.