Staying safe in hot weather28/06/2019

With temperatures set to soar over the next few days plenty of people will have plans to head to the seafront, have a barbecue, go to a park, or just soak up the sun at home. Take a few simple precautions to keep yourself sun-safe and make sure a trip to A&E doesn’t end up on your list. Enjoy the sun, but remember to stay safe and keep an eye out for more vulnerable people in the community.

Dr Nick Moore, a GP in Hampshire and Clinical Lead for NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy. But it’s worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. While some of the advice may seem obvious – like drinking plenty of water, wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm – it’s always good to remind people.

“It’s important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, like young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.”

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down
  • Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

Jason Horsley, Joint Director of Public Health for Portsmouth, said:

“Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. But before the hot weather arrives, it is a really good time to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.

“For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”

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