With the Met Office predicting the week ahead to be a scorcher, and with us currently spending a lot of time at home or in our gardens, here’s a few helpful tips to avoid any sun related issues.
Be sun aware
- Apply a good amount of sunscreen of at least factor 15 and four-star UVA rating. You should follow the guidance on the bottle of how often you should reapply
- Drink plenty of water or cold drinks to keep hydrated
- Remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration
- Stay in the shade between the hottest hours of the day 11am & 3pm
- Cover up and wear sunglasses
- The water in hose pipes can get really hot in this weather so make sure you run the water through it for a couple of minutes before letting children play and remember to NEVER leave children alone in a body of water, even just a couple of inches.
- Make sure you defrost food overnight in the fridge or if this is not possible, using a microwave on the defrost setting directly before cooking to stop harmful bacteria growing
- Store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods, covered on the bottom shelf of your fridge
- Ensure the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and the meat juices run clear
- Ensure your BBQ is on a flat surface away from sheds, fences or trees
- Never leave the BBQ unattended
If you feel unwell after being in the sun, call NHS 111 for advice.
You can find more information on protecting yourself in the sun at NHS Choices.