Be Sun Sensible

The Bank Holiday weekend looks set to be a scorcher so be 'Sun Sensible' and stay safe in the heat.

Although temperatures are not at health alert levels, this spell of hot weather is a good reminder for you and to practice sun sense and look out for others, especially the vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

When the sun is shining, it's important to make the most of the good weather. We can all enjoy a taste of summer  but rising temperatures does bring health risks for some and they need to be careful they don't get too much sun or heat and make themselves ill.

We recommend that people keep an eye on the weather forecast for the coming days and if it continues to be hot, avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm, drink plenty of fluids and keep an eye out for children and older people.

Top advice for being sun safe if outdoors for more than 20 minutes between 11am-3pm:

  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection and a wide brimmed hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn

  • Drink lots of cool drinks, avoiding alcohol
  • Seek shade

  • Look out for others 

For more information on sun safety, please visit the PHE Sun Sense webpage 

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