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7 Ways To Stay Safe In The Searing Summer Sun
Many of us like to make the most of the great weather but it can be difficult to enjoy your holidays, beach trips or barbecues, without worrying about the hazards of hot weather and staying in the sun all day.
With a few easy steps you can relax and enjoy some fun in the sun safely, and avoid sitting under the air conditioning, smothered in after sun, unable to enjoy the great outdoors.
1. CHECK THE FORECAST
By checking the forecast before you can find out when you’ll need protection the most and what kind of protection to pack. The Met Office App has a handy UV forecasting tool so you can find out how strong the UV rays are going to be, or whilst you’re already out.
Improve your vision by blocking out the blinding glare of the sun’s bright rays. Not to mention avoiding those white forehead frown lines. Without proper eye protection you can damage the surface of the eye. Choose a pair of sunglasses that have a CE Mark and British Standard (BS EN 1836: 2005), a UV 400 label or something stating that they offer 100% UV Protection.
3. BEACH AND CAMPING SHELTERS
Shelters aren’t just for the downpours. The hottest hours of the day are between 11am – 3pm. Break up your time in the sun and find some cool shade to relax in. Remember the golden rule, if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun is at its strongest (so it might be time to seek some shade.)
4. APPLY SUN CREAM
Reduce the risk of damaging your health by keeping a handy sized bottle of sun cream in your back pack. You’ll want an SPF rating of at least 15 and as many stars on the back of the bottle as possible. Apply generously and regularly as it can be easily rubbed, sweated and even washed off whilst swimming.
In the UK, UVA protection is measured with a star rating. Star ratings range from 0 to 5, the higher the number of stars the greater the protection. Don’t forget those awkward areas such as your lips, ears, the tops and bottoms of your feet (if you’re sunbathing on your front) and your hair line.
5. STAY HYDRATED
You’ve got your hiking boots on, sandwiches packed and have a map in hand, now check that you’ve got enough water for the length of time you’ll be out for. If you don’t replenish the water you lose through sweat, you can easily become dehydrated. The last thing you want is dizziness and a searing headache to ruin your trek.
The European Food Saftey Authority recommends that women should drink 1.6 litres of water a day and men should drink 2.0 litres. The amount a person needs to drink will vary depending on a range of factors including their size and body temperature. If your exercising hard in hot weather you will need more than this.
6. KEEP YOUR HEAD COOL
Sport a wide brim hat, buff or baseball cap to keep your head cool and prevent your head or hairline from burning under the strong rays. Make sure you’ve got plenty of sun cream on your neck and ears to cover any unprotected areas too.
7. WEAR PROTECTIVE UV CLOTHING
UV protective clothing is now available to help reduce the risk of burning. Its tight weave construction blocks harmful UV rays giving it a high *UPF rating. Shirts with extended collars can protect the back of your neck. Perfect for warmer days at home or abroad, so you can comfortably stay outdoors for longer.
*The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) indicates the effectiveness of a fabric in blocking ultra violet radiation from reaching your skin, ranging from 15 to 50+. A UPF rating of 25 means it on only allows 1/25th of the UV radiation to pass through it.
Safety in the Sun Checklist
1. Check the Weather Forecast
2. Wear Sunnies
3. Find some shade
4. Apply sun cream
5. Stay hydrated
6. Wear a sun hat
7. Wear UV Clothing