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Stay safe and well this summer

Published: 28 June 2018

Tips and advice to help you enjoy the sun responsibly

Summer is officially here but while we all try to make the most of being out in the sun it's important to protect yourself and others and stay safe and well in the hot weather.

Firstly…

Children, older people and those who are unwell are most at risk in hot weather. Remember to regularly check on your friends, family or neighbours who might need your help.

Remember to…

  • Try and keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.
  • If you go out, walk in the shade where possible, cover your head with a hat or scarf and use sun screen.
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion and remember to drink lots of water when active.
  • Limit alcohol consumption as it increases dehydration.
  • Check that those you care for are drinking enough. Sometimes older people, especially those with a stroke or dementia, have a reduced sensation of thirst. Try food with a high water content - soups, ice-creams and jelly.
  • Wear thin loose clothing and choose light coloured clothes.
  • Open the windows in the evening, when it's cool.
  • Make sure babies do not overheat, keep them in light clothing and avoid wrapping them in heavy blankets or draping covers over prams.
  • Do not leave pets in cars or conservatories, make sure they have water and avoid walking dogs between 11am and 3pm, when pavements may be very hot.
  • Sun safety the facts

    Sun safety is particularly important for people who either work outside, do a lot of sport and, dare we say it, are men. Unfortunately it's a fact that skin cancer affects more men than women, so it's high time that guys gave the dangers of the sun a bit more respect. Why not share a few of these facts with your loved ones to help change their thinking?

  • Getting painful sunburn, just once every two years, can triple the risk of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.
  • You can't feel ultraviolet (UV) rays so you can still get sunburn on cool, overcast days anytime between May and September when UV rates are at their highest.
  • You're at a higher risk of skin cancer if you have fair skin, moles or freckles, red or fair hair, or light-coloured eyes.

So as the summer holidays are fast approaching, make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for the heat, visit the Healthy Surrey website for more tips on how to stay well this summer. For more information on coping in the hot weather, visit the NHS website.

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