Stay safe in the sun

Picture of people sitting in the sun outside Starbucks in Liverpool One

Liverpool is expected to enjoy hot weather over the next few days, according to Met Office forecasts.

Public Health officials in the city are advising people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids, particularly if spending long periods outdoors.

Top advice for being sun safe:

• Seek shade if you are out between 11am to 3pm
• Wear sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a hat and light scarf. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
• Drink lots of cool drinks
• Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as the older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
• Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Dr Sandra Davies, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health, said: “While many of us welcome the good weather, rising temperatures can be risky for some. It is important that we keep an eye out for older people, especially those with serious illnesses, and young children , to make sure they are safe and can keep cool.”

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

For more information visit http://sunsmart.org.uk/UV-the-sun-and-skin-cancer/how-to-enjoy-the-sun-safely/