Tips on how to stay safe and enjoy the hot weather
It’s not all sun and games
We all like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, but it’s really important that you and your family stay safe as well.
Hot weather can cause the following problems:
- dehydration (not having enough water)
- overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
- heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Some residents are at a higher risk
People who are more vulnerable include:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports.
A chance to help out in the community
Please be aware that there may be vulnerable people in your community who may not have anyone to help them, this is a great opportunity to check on them to make sure that they are looking after themselves during the hot weather.
Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG and local GP added:
“While many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember certain groups of people are more vulnerable than others to the effects of heat or ultraviolet radiation.”
Cold water kills
We want everyone to enjoy outdoor spaces and reservoirs. But please act safely and responsibly. This video highlights the dangers of swimming in reservoirs.
Don’t be a silly sausage
We all love a BBQ, but we should be aware of the risks they pose. Check out this article by the West Yorkshire Fire Service on safety tips and a sobering report on the dangers BBQs can pose when not used correctly.
No safe or healthy way to get a tan
Also, don’t forget that sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer. Sunburn doesn’t just happen on holiday – you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy. There’s no safe or healthy way to get a tan. A tan doesn’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects. Make sure that you spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest.
Here’s a few tips to keep you safe in the sun:
- spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- make sure you never burn
- cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- take extra care with children
- use at least factor 20 sunscreen
Summer crime, are you at risk?
Burglaries often increase during the summer months, when burglars take advantage of doors and windows being left open. West Yorkshire Police have put together a fantastic online resource explaining how you might be at risk.
A final reminder about our public spaces
Please remember a Public Space Protection order is still in place across all Kirklees and National Trust owned land. For more information on how that affects you, we have put together a handy article with includes everything you need to know.
Want to find out more?
For even more tips, including sun safety, barbecue food safety, preventing hay fever and insect bites, visit NHS Choices.