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Having a staycation in Surrey?

Published: 29 June 2021

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Enjoy summer the safe way

Wherever you're spending your summer, we want to help you enjoy it safely. Whether you're having a staycation in Surrey or heading further afield - we have a range of information and advice on keeping well and safe.

Many of us know the usual advice - to stay hydrated, wear an appropriate sun cream and to try and avoid being in the sun between 11am – 3pm. But some people really do struggle to cope in the heat and can be at risk of becoming quite unwell. When it's hot the body must circulate blood faster to keep cool, which can strain the heart and lungs. This can trigger heatstroke and life-threatening cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.

Babies, children and elderly people find it particularly hard to cope when the temperature rises, so it's important to look out for those people in our community. Check in on friends, family members and neighbours who may struggle in the heat.

If someone is unwell or needs further help, the NHS is still here to help. Call NHS 111 or speak to your local pharmacist.

You can find the latest weather forecast and any high temperature health warnings at the Met Office website.

Don't forget about pets. Animals can't control their temperature in the same way we do, so take steps to protect them from the heat such as walking your dog in the early morning or late evening when it's cooler.

For more tips on coping in the heat, visit the Staying safe and well in summer on Healthy Surrey for local information, advice and services available to help you and others stay healthy.

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