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Keeping safe in the sun

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21 July 2016

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As Enfield basked in glorious sunshine on the hottest day of the year so far this week Enfield Council has issued some tips for staying safe in the sun.

As Enfield basked in glorious sunshine on the hottest day of the year so far this week Enfield Council has issued some tips for staying safe in the sun.

  • Drink regularly - Try to avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, they make dehydration worse.
  • Keep out of the heat - Try to plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat. If you can, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm), and remember to take extra care with children. Try to keep babies out of the sun, especially around midday.
  • Dress appropriately - Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes. If you know you're going to be outside for some time, take plenty of water, and don't forget sun cream; factor SPF 15+ is best.
  • Stay cool - Stay inside, in the coolest rooms in your home, as much as possible. Close the curtains in rooms that get a lot of sun. Keep windows closed while the room is cooler, but open them when the inside temperature rises.
  • Seek advice - Contact NHS Choices, a pharmacist or call 111 if you're worried about your health during a heatwave, especially if you are taking medication, or have any unusual symptoms. Watch out for cramp in your arms, legs or stomach.
  • Help others - If anyone you know is likely to be at risk during a heatwave, help them get the advice and support they need. Check older people daily to make sure they are okay.
  • Make the most of it - The temperatures aren't due to last!

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "Many people enjoy the sun, but we want people to be prepared and to take appropriate precautions to keep them fit and well during that time. "We advise people to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, drink lots of cold drinks and keep an eye out for those more vulnerable than themselves such as older people, young children, babies or people with illnesses.

"It's lovely to have some sunshine in Britain, and we hope people enjoy it safely."