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Sun Safe

The sunshine this summer is definitely one we’ll remember for years to come. While we’re basking in the heat we thought we’d share some timely reminders of how to keep safe.

Temperatures are soaring, the sun is shining, the British heatwave is in full force. Bristol has seen temperatures rise into the sweltering 30s, with some serious humidity along with it. 

Whilst sunny days might mean afternoons outside dinner al fresco, it’s also worth considering the dangers that the unusual weather brings. 

The British Heart Foundation says: “Elderly people and very young children have more difficulty in regulating their temperature and so can be more at risk from extreme temperatures.”

Here’s some great advice on coping with the heat from the NHS.

  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm 
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this is not possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter) 
  • If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water 
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Water, lower-fat milks and tea and coffee are good options 
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves

It might be tempting to top up that tan, by sun safety is a must. BuyWiseBeSafe has this useful info for little ones…

  • Skin does not have to be peeling or blistering to be burned.  If the skin is pink or red it is sunburnt.
  • Cover up with a t-shirt, hat and sun glasses. A long-sleeved t-shirt helps protect delicate skin and a hat with a brim shades the face and back of neck.
  • Use a sunscreen on the parts you can’t cover. Put lots of cream on and reapply often, especially if your child has been in the water. 
  • Remember that sun cream does not give 100% protection and that clothing and shade help too. 
  • Look out for creams with at least SPF 15 and 4 stars

For more information check out the link to Sunsmart at Cancer Research UK here.

Keeping our pets cool in the heat is also a priority. The RSPCA has these top tips:

  • Never leave animals in hot cars conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while. 
  • Use a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet’s skin, and of course, by providing plenty of access to shade and fresh water. 
  • You can also help your pets cool down by putting ice cubes in their water bowl or by providing damp towels for them to lie on.
  • Paws can burn easily. Your dog won’t die from one missed walk, but they might from a walk on extremely hot pavements.

We hope you enjoy the sunshine and the heat and that these tips help to make it a safe summer for all.

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