Stay safe this summer

As you may be aware, it is predicted that the next couple of days are going to be exceptionally warm across the West Midlands with temperatures reaching a high of 32C, and therefore the general public are advised to take extra care when protecting themselves from the sun. We have put some tips together to make sure you stay safe in the sun.

Tips for staying cool

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes
  • Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • Take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • Keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or those who can’t look after themselves

Remember to keep an eye on those most at risk including the isolated, elderly, ill, or very young people. Try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache; move to a cool place as soon as possible and rehydrate with some water or fruit juice. If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.