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Practice good sun sense during this sunny spell

A reminder on how to stay safe in the sun.

Sunny beach

Although temperatures are not at heatwave levels, the continuous hot weather is a good reminder for people to practice sun sense and look out for others, especially those vulnerable such as the elderly, young children and those with serious illnesses.

Health organisations and local authorities should prepare for the rising heat by reviewing the Public Health England (PHE) Heatwave Plan, which plans and forewarns in case of a heatwave later this summer.

Top advice for being sun safe if outdoors for more than 20 minutes:

  • wear sunblock

  • wear loose cotton clothing

  • drink lots of cool drinks

  • seek shade

  • wear sunglasses and a hat

  • look out for others

For members of the Muslim community who may be fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, it’s important to balance food and fluid intake between fasts and especially to drink enough water. During hot weather, dehydration is a common and serious risk.

Professor Virginia Murray, Head of Extreme Events, PHE said:

If you start to feel unwell, disoriented or confused, or collapse or faint, you should stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid. This is especially important for older adults, those with poorly controlled medical conditions such as low/high blood pressure, diabetes and those who are receiving dialysis treatment. The Muslim Council of Britain has confirmed that breaking fast in such conditions is allowable under Islamic law. Also make sure to check on others in your community who may be at greater risk and keep an eye on children to ensure they are having a safe and healthy Ramadan.

For more information on sun safety, please visit the PHE Sun Sense webpage.

Published 10 July 2013