Stay safe in the sun this summer

Stay safe in the sun this summer

According to Cancer Research UK, millions of us admit that while we scrupulously slap on sunscreen when we’re abroad, we don’t bother with protection in the UK – even when it’s hot and sunny. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness month, it’s a good time to think about how we use sunscreen and keep safe in the sun.  

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day and using a water-resistant sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher if you’re going to be spending time outside. You’ll keep yourself safe by reapplying every two hours as well as after swimming or getting sweaty.


Keep heat safe  

The guidance we’re given each summer for staying safe in warm weather sometimes seems blindingly obvious – after all, who wouldn’t want to wear loose cool clothing when it’s hot outside? But it’s worth remembering there are about 2000 heat-related deaths every year: if hot weather hits this summer, make sure it doesn’t harm you or your four-legged friends. 

Here are some tips for keeping safe in hot weather in the countryside: 

  • If possible, keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. Plan trips and walks in the early morning or the evening and take frequent breaks in the shade. 
  • Walk in the shade where you can, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide-brimmed hat. 

  • Make sure to take water with you and sip regularly to avoid getting dehydrated: don’t wait until you feel thirsty. 

  • When you’re planning a walk, work out a spot where you can cut it short if you need to. 

  • If you are going into open water to cool down, make sure someone knows where you are going, check conditions before going in, follow local safety advice, and beware of the cold. 

  • Keep the countryside safe by looking out for fire risks. Report fires or activities which could cause fires to the emergency services. 
  • If you’re taking a dog out into the countryside, take some water for them too, and let them have a lie-down in the shade when they’re looking tired. Remember that pavements on hot days can burn your dog’s footpads so try to avoid them.


Visit the NHS website for advice about checking for heat exhaustion or heatstroke. 

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