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Keep sun safe and hydrated this Jubilee Bank Holiday

To help you make the most of the predicted glorious weather this Jubilee Bank Holiday, here are few tips to help make sure you look after yourself and anyone you care for in the heat.

Woman drinking waterIt is important to stay hydrated so ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. If you need to undertake essential travel, ensure you take water with you. Wherever possible, avoid physical exertion and if you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day.

Keep your home cool by covering windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day. At night, open windows if it feels cooler outside but please be mindful of any security issues. Turning off non-essential lights and electrical equipment can help as they generate heat.

Look out for signs of heat-related conditions so if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache, move to a cool place as soon as possible. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate, avoid excess alcohol. If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, for example after sustained exercise during very hot weather), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. Most people should start to recover within 30 mins and if not, they should seek medical help. Consult NHS 111 online of call NHS 111 if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist

Call 999 if a person develops any signs of heatstroke as this is a medical emergency.  See further information on heat stroke and heat-related illness.

To avoid sunburn try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when UV radiation is strongest. If you have to go out in the heat, 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 wear a hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should reduce the risk of sunburn.

Published 2/6/2022