Essex County Council, alongside Public Health England, is urging people to take extra care in this spell of warm weather.
The Met Office has confirmed that threshold temperatures, which are high enough to have a significant effect on health, have now been reached with level 3 heatwave alerts being issued for the county.
Following this latest alert, Public Health England (PHE) and Essex County Council is continuing to remind people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather.
The Council lists these top tips for being sun safe:
Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Cllr John Spence said: “We all love a good summer, but this weather is exceptional. We should never neglect the basics and we want these tips to help people enjoy the weather and avoid the risks.”
- Try avoid the sun between 11am to 3pm if you can. If you can’t, try and stay in the shade, wear sunscreen and keep hydrated.
- Wear UV 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 wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
- Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
- Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
- Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals
- If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge
- Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C
Director for Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities, Mike Gogarty said: “The key message for healthy individuals is to follow public health messages on how to enjoy the sun safely by staying cool, wearing sunscreen, drinking lots of cold fluids and checking on those you know are at risk.”
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 face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.
For more information on sun safety, please visit the PHE Sun Sense webpage or sunsmart.org.uk
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