Stay safe in the sun this Bank Holiday weekend

Stay safe in the sun this Bank Holiday weekend

21st May 2014
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West Leicestershire, East Leicestershire and Rutland, and Leicester City clinical commissioning groups have joined foreces to remind people to stay safe in the sun if the recent warm weather continues this Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend.

Rob Howard, consultant in public health speaking on behalf of the three CCGs, said: “It’s important to protect yourself when the sun makes an appearance and there are simple steps people can take to stay safe and enjoy warm weather.

“Try to spend time in the shade between 11am and 2pm to avoid the main heat of the day, wear at least an SPF15 factor sun cream, cover up more at-risk areas with t-shirts, hats and sunglasses, and drink plenty of water and soft drinks.

“Babies and young children are much more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun’s rays, so dress them in appropriate clothes, keep them out of direct sunlight and regularly reapply their sun cream.”

Mr Howard added: “Most cases of mild sunburn can be treated at home by applying moisturising lotion or aftersun cream, and taking painkillers to help relieve pain or inflammation. However, very severe cases may require treatment and people, especially children, suffering with severe dehydration should seek medical advice immediately.

“For advice on sun burn visit your local pharmacy or call NHS 111. Those with more serious symptoms can visit their local urgent care centre during the weekend, but should stay away from A&E unless they have a life-threatening injury or illness.”

To find out where to go for medical help in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland visit www.choosebetter.org.uk