Summer is officially here – although some of us may have experienced the sudden heatwaves that took over the UK during the past few months.
Now is the perfect time to get out and about with our friends and family – especially as youngsters have finished school – and enjoy the refreshing summer months. However, it’s still important to be safe against the sun’s damaging rays. We have put together our tips on keeping safe during the summer months.
- Keep topping up your sunscreen – choose a sun cream that is at least Factor 15. Liberally apply over exposed skin and don’t forget your face, ears and the top of your head.
- Chill out in the shade – the sun is at its strongest between 11am – 2pm so make sure you find a comfortable spot in the shade.
- Drink plenty of fluid – avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Have a water bottle handy if you’re going out for the day.
- Wear light clothing – thin cotton clothing or linen are cooling against the head. Wearing light colours can prevent over-heating, and keeping arms and legs covered can prevent heat- rash and sunburn.
- Accessorize accordingly – top your cooling outfit off with a sun hat and sunglasses!
- Check your medication – some medications can lead to increased sensitivity to the sun. Check with your GP or pharmacist if there are any side effects you should be aware of.
- Pets are affected by the heat too – place your hand on the pavement for 7 seconds – if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws! Make sure pets have easy access to water and shade, too.
- Cooling showers are refreshing – a hot day can make your skin feel clammy – a shower or bath with cooler water can easily bring your body temperature down and make you feel more comfortable.
- Keep an eye on the weather reports – the local news reports can prepare you for impending weather; keep an eye on reports so you know what temperatures to expect.
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