Keeping Safe During the Summer Months

Summer is back in the UK – although the weather seems to be changing between hot weather and spells of rain.

When the sun does make an appearance, it is nice to be able to relax and enjoy the sunshine when we can, but it is important for us all to keep ourselves safe. Below are some of our tips to stay safe during the summer months:

  • Protect your skin – the UV rays from the sun are harmful to our skin; ensure you have plenty of sunscreen available for when you plan to be outside during the summer. Look for sun protection that is at least SPF 30 to stop your skin from burning. Apply the sunscreen liberally on exposed skin and reapply throughout the day.
  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you are going out for the day, make sure you have a water bottle with you which can be refilled. If you are staying home, a jug of cold water with a few slices of orange, lemon and cucumber is a refreshing treat.
  • Stay in the shade – the sun is at its strongest between 11am – 3pm. This the best time to be under the shade or to be indoors. An umbrella can also act as shade while you are out and about.
  • Check your medication – some medications may lead to an increased sensitivity to the sun. Check with you GP or pharmacist if you have any concerns about the medication you take.
  • Dress appropriately – wear light cotton clothing when the weather is hot. Light colours can help stop you feeling over-heated, whilst ensuring your arms and legs are covered can prevent sunburn and sun-rashes. Don’t forget to accessorise with a hat and sunglasses
  • Keep an eye on your pets – hot weather can affect pets too; ensure they have access to fresh water and stay inside within the shade to stop over-heating. Walk dogs during the evening when the weather is cooler, but make sure you check pavements aren’t too hot for their paws.
  • Remember, COVID-19 is still a risk – the world is currently filled with uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although ‘normality’ is slowly coming back with many people returning to work, we are all still at risk of coronavirus. Remember to wash your hands regularly, keep at least 1m away from others, wear a face-covering where necessary and avoid large crowded areas to prevent the spread of the virus.

Heritage Healthcare Epsom provides high-quality home care and support to individuals in their own homes to keep them safe. Our expert team of carers are on hand to help with personal care, companionship, domestic duties, dementia care, complex needs, respite, and end-of-life care. To find out more about how we can support you and your loved ones, please get in touch through your preferred contact method here.

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