Stay Safe in the Sun
If you are going outside during this week's heat wave then you should consider these tips on staying safe in the outdoors and having a good time without getting damaged by the sun.
The hot weather can bring the risk of dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. So here are some tips on safety when it comes to going in the sun during the hot weather this week:
- Drink plenty of water regularly.
- Apply plenty of high factor sun cream at regular intervals.
- Wear a sun hat and sun glasses.
- Where possible take a break during the hottest part of the day.
- Wear cool, loose clothing.
- Although it may be tempting to take a swim in a lake or reservoir to cool down, the water temperature is still very cold and there is a high risk of drowning.
- To enjoy water sports during the hot weather book an instructed session or hire a canoe, kayak or sailing boat at one of our centres .
- To enjoy open water swimming safely, join a group like http://www.openswim.org.uk/.
If you would like to know more about staying safe in hot weather and symptoms of heat stroke and other things that can go wrong in the sun, more information is available at the following websites:
British Canoe Union - http://www.bcu.org.uk/news/british-canoeing-signs-up-to-blow-the-whistle-on-sunburn
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award- http://www.dofe.org/go/advice/
British Mountaineering Council- https://www.thebmc.co.uk/myths-about-hiking-in-the-heat