It’s always nice to enjoy the sun and hot weather, but it’s vital that you and your family stay safe as well.
Hot weather can cause the following problems:
- dehydration(not having enough water)
- overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
- heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Particularly at risk are older people, especially those over 75, babies and young children and people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems.”
People who are more vulnerable include:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports.
Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG and local GP added: “While many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat or ultraviolet radiation.”
Also, don’t forget that sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn doesn’t just happen on holiday – you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy. There’s no safe or healthy way to get a tan. A tan doesn’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. Make sure that you spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October. Make sure you:
- spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- make sure you never burn
- cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- take extra care with children
- use at least factor 20 sunscreen
For even more tips, including sun safety, barbecue food safety, preventing hay fever and insect bites, visit the NHS website. Further information is also available on the NHS North Kirklees CCG website and NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG websites.