Southport residents remember to take care in the heat

Sefton Council is asking all residents to be ‘sun sensible’ during the hot weather this summer.

With temperatures set to rise in the coming days, ‘look after yourself and others’ is the message from health officials across the borough.

Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Although temperatures are not at heat wave levels, the good weather is a reminder for people to practice sun sense.

“Don’t get too much sun or heat and it is important to look out for those who are more at risk such as older people, babies and young children, people with serious illnesses.”

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

  • seek shade,
  • wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a hat and walk in the shade. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn
  • drink lots of cool drinks, avoiding alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • look out for others

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, added: “It’s nice that the sun is shining and we can all enjoy a taste of summer – but it’s important to remember that rising heat does bring health risks for some. So please keep an eye on the forecast and try and look out for children and older people who tend to suffer more from extreme heat.”

For more information please visit the Sun Smart website.

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