Stay safe outdoors

Sun safety

Most of us enjoy spending time in the sun and but, despite the advice, some of us can still be prone to overdoing our exposure to the sun's rays.

It's easy to underestimate your time in the sun and not realise you're getting burnt.

While sunburn is usually short-lived and mild, it's important to avoid because it can increase the chances of developing skin cancer in later life.

Heat exhaustion causes extreme tiredness as a result of a decrease in blood pressure and blood volume.

It's caused by a loss of body fluids after being exposed to heat for a prolonged period of time.

Heatstroke is a more serious condition than heat exhaustion and occurs when the body's temperature becomes dangerously high. The body is no longer able to cool itself and starts to overheat.

To stay cool and make sure you feel tip top in the warm weather just follow these top tips:

  • Stay out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm (hottest part of the day).
  • Always use a sunscreen with a high protection factor (and re-apply regularly).
  • Have cool baths or showers or splash yourself with cool water. Placing your wrists under cool running water can help.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, as they can make you more dehydrated.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat outdoors.
  • Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses outdoors.

More advice can be found in the Government's Beat the Heat: Staying Safe in Hot Weather guidance and further advice on the affects of UV can be found from the Met Office's Weather Ready campaign.

The NHS have more comprehensive advice on sun safety for all the family.