How to stay safe in the sun

With temperatures set to reach over 30°C in Sunderland early next week, the city’s Director of Public Health is urging everyone to take extra care to help keep themselves and others safe.

The Met Office has extended its amber warning for extreme heat to cover the entire Northeast, with temperatures expected to continue to rise over the weekend before peaking on Tuesday.

Gerry Taylor, Director of Public Health for Sunderland, said: “While many of us are enjoying the warmer weather, it’s really important that we do everything we can to stay safe in the sun and look after those who may be more vulnerable or struggling. “. to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather.

“This includes infants and toddlers, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. So if you know older friends, family or neighbors who fall into these groups, it may be helpful to keep an eye on them over the weekend and into Tuesday.” “.

There are simple things we can all do to keep cool in hot weather. These include:

  • stay cool indoors
  • Drink plenty of fluids, avoid excess alcohol and make sure you have water with you if you travel
  • Stay out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. if possible
  • Caring for the elderly and others who find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion during hot weather if possible
  • If you’re going out in hot weather, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, wear a hat, and wear light, loose cotton clothing.
  • Do not leave babies, children, elderly or vulnerable people or pets alone in cars that are stopped in hot weather and do not be tempted to cover strollers with muslin and blankets to try to keep babies cool, as they can overheat.
  • If you or others feel sick, dizzy, weak, anxious, or intensely thirsty, move to a cool place, rehydrate, and cool your body.

The most common heat illnesses are heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat rash, sunburn, dizziness, and/or fainting. Heat exhaustion is usually not serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heat stroke, it should be treated as an emergency.

Regardless of the underlying cause of heat-related symptoms, the treatment is always the same: move the person to a cooler place and cool them down. If you suspect someone has heat stroke, call 999.

Watch Heat exhaustion and heat stroke – NHS (www.nhs.uk) for tips on what to do if you suspect heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Anyone planning to head to the coast or into rivers, lakes or ponds to try to stay cool is also urged to exercise extreme caution.

The RNLI urges everyone to remember to ‘Float for Life’ if they are in trouble in the water by leaning back and using their arms and legs to stay afloat and control their breathing before calling for help or swimming to safety.

Although air temperatures are high, water temperatures remain cold, increasing the risk of cold water shock.

The Council’s Deputy Lead Counsellor, Claire Rowntree, said: “With drowning being the third leading cause of accidental death among young people in the UK, it is really important that young people, their parents, grandparents and the wider community be aware of the dangers and consider whether it is safe before you venture into the water.

“We’re lucky enough to have some of the best beaches in the country along with some very attractive riverfronts and we want everyone who visits to have a fantastic time. But with the warm weather we’re also reminding people how they can help themselves themselves and their families to stay safe.

“For example, swimming in the sea is very different from swimming in a pool and it is very easy to get caught in a rip current that pushes you out to sea or become isolated, so it is important to choose a supervised beach and swim.” between the red and yellow flags.

“Rivers and stretches of open water can also look very inviting in hot weather. But there can be all sorts of hidden dangers just below the surface, from weeds and hidden obstacles to currents that can sweep away even the strongest swimmers.

“Sadly, we have had a number of deaths in the city in recent years and we know very well how easy it is to get into difficulties on the water, which is why we continue to work with partners such as the RNLI and RLSS and the emergency services to promote safety messages in the water. Water.

“No one wants to see their loved ones go through the terrible loss that a number of families in this city have suffered in recent years, so I urge everyone to follow the advice of the RNLI to stay safe.”

For the best safety tips and advice on water safety, visit: RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution – Saving lives at sea

For additional tips on staying safe in hot weather, visit:

NHS Heatwave: How to Cope with the Heat

Beat the Heat: Stay safe in hot weather – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Keeping your baby safe in the sun – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Beat the heat: Checklist for staying cool at home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Beat the Heat (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Met Office Heat and Health Alerts

Health and Heat Tips from the Weather Bureau

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