Staying Safe in the Sun

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As the hot weather continues here are some tips to help you stay safe in the sun.

Dehydration is a common side effect of high temperatures and outdoor time during the summer. Keeping everyone well hydrated is particularly important in this hot weather. Drink plenty of water and don’t forget to look out for those who are very young or very old as they are particularly at risk of dehydration.

If someone shows signs of heat exhaustion, i.e. feeling faint or dizzy, excessive sweating, flushed, stomach cramps, feeling sick or headaches then remove them from the sun and encourage them to sit in the shade or in a cool area. Heat exhaustion occurs when someone loses too much fluid and salt usually from sweating in warmer conditions.

It is important to give the casualty plenty of water to drink or isotonic sports drinks to replace their fluids. If they don’t recover quickly or you are concerned, do seek medical advice.

It is also important to ensure that you dress appropriately during this extremely hot weather. Loose fitting clothes are recommended and will help you stay much cooler.

It is also particularly important that you don’t cover prams or car seats to shade, as this can cause overheating, heat stroke and increase the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It is best to buy specific shade covers for this purpose.

We hope you enjoy the sunshine – but remember to be safe at the same time!

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