Posted: Thursday 21st June 2018
Today (21 June) is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the official commencement of summer in the United Kingdom.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health has issued sun awareness advice to help keep your skin healthy as the summer starts and the sun begins to shine.
Councillor Richard Roberts, said: “Over-exposure to the sun’s rays can cause serious damage to your skin, and getting sunburnt increases your risk of skin cancer.
“The best way to protect your skin is to wear sun screen. You can also make sure to wear a hat, or cover your skin. Simple measures like this can save your skin from harmful and painful damage caused by the sun when over-exposed.
“Children are particularly vulnerable to skin damage and parents are urged to send their children to school with hats and sun cream that would provide protection for the whole day.”
We’ve also provided some general tips should the weather climb to potentially dangerous levels:
- Stay out of direct sun between 11am and 3pm.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat; apply sunscreen and walk in the shade.
- Have plenty of cold drinks and keep cool with cold showers or baths if necessary, cold foods and by avoiding extreme activity.
- Keep homes cool as best you can, perhaps by keeping the curtains drawn on very hot days, and well ventilated.
- Remember some medicines need to be kept cool - check the instructions on the packet.
- Babies, children and older people (and pets) should not be left in stationary cars. If you feel unusually unwell consult your doctor if symptoms (such as headache, intense thirst, dizziness or muscular spasms) persist.
- Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.
- The hot weather might make you tempted to take a dip, we’ve also provided some safety tips for anyone spending time near water over the summer months:
- When running or walking next to water, stay clear of the edges
- River banks may be unstable and give way
- Wear appropriate footwear and clothing
- Take a fully charged mobile phone and check signal strength, know how to use it and who to call in an emergency
- Look out for trip or slip hazards - pay attention to your footing
- Stick to proper pathways
- Don't walk or run next to water if levels are high
- Make sure you know exactly where you are - consider something like an OS locate app for a smart phone or a map
- Don't assume just because you have walked or run a route many times before it is still safe.
- Avoid walking or running near water in the dark
Follow these tips and make sure you don't require a visit from our Water Rescue team!