As the weather is getting warmer, local health commissioners and Sefton Council are keen to remind people to take precautions and look after themselves in the sun.
Although temperatures are not at Hot Weather Alert levels just yet, it is getting warmer so Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are reminding people to practice sun sense and look out for others around them.
Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the two CCGs in Sefton, said:
“It is certainly getting hotter and there is a lot people can do to keep them and their family and friends protected from the sun.
“To start with don’t get too much sun or heat exposure, always wear sunscreen and keep a look out for those who are more at risk such as older people, babies, young children and people with serious illnesses.”
Top advice for being sun safe if outdoors for more than 20 minutes:
- Seek shade where possible and stay out of the sun from 11am-3pm when the sun is at its strongest.
- Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes.
- Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a hat and walk in the shade.
- Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
- Drink lots of cool drinks, preferably water and avoid excessive alcohol.
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.
- Look out for elderly neighbours and small children.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added:
“It’s great to be out in the sunshine and enjoying the warmer weather but it’s also important to remember to keep hydrated. Staying in the shade and wearing sunscreen can also help keep you and your families safe during warmer temperatures.
“We want you to enjoy it but by taking these small precautions you can avoid sun burn or even worse, heat stroke for yourself and those around you.”
For more information please visit: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx
Keep an eye on the weather in your area here: www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast