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Stay safe as temperatures rise for Lincolnshire's hottest day of the year

Lincolnshire may experience “heatwave” conditions over the next few days

Lincolnshire may experience “heatwave” conditions over the next few days, according to Met Office forecasts.

Sun Safety

Take care and look after vulnerable groups during the heatwave

During hot spells vulnerable groups, such as older people, feel the acute effects of heat more than others and it’s long been recognised that death rates can rise in the early stages of heatwaves.

Even if temperatures do not hit extreme levels, Public Health England (PHE) still advises people to keep safe in the sun, seek shade to cool down and keep hydrated with plenty of cool fluids.

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a hat and light scarf.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Whenever children are playing near water - whether at home, at the pool or at the beach - make sure they’re supervised at all times. If you’re looking after a child under the age of 6, make sure your garden pond is temporarily filled or fenced off.

Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when you can. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

Chris Weston, Consultant in Public Health at the county council, said:

“Most of us will enjoy the sunshine and warm weather, but high temperatures can be dangerous, especially for vulnerable people such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.

“Enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and drinking plenty of cool drinks. Look out for older people or those with long-term illnesses and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”

See the Heatwave Plan for England for more information or http://sunsmart.org.uk/UV-the-sun-and-skin-cancer/how-to-enjoy-the-sun-safely/

For more information about staying safe and having fun this summer, see www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/summer

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Last updated: 27 June 2017

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