Stay Safe in the Sun

Most of us look forward to the sun that Summer brings and, while it's important to make the most of the good weather, it's equally important to understand the health risks and how you can reduce them.

The main risks posed by excessive heat are:

People most at risk are:

  • 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.

Sunscreen and sun safety

NHS Choices has lots of useful advice for adults and children on sunscreen and sun safety in the UK and abroad. It also has lots of tips for coping in hot weather.

Heatwave plan for England

Public Health England publishes a heatwave plan for England each year, outlining the actions members of the public can take to keep safe and well in hot weather:

Heat-Health Watch

A Heat-Health watch system operates in England from 1 June to 15 September each year in association with The Met Office and Public Health England.

You can follow their latest updates through the Met Office Twitter account.

The Dangers of UV rays on our Health

Public Health England has lots of useful information about what to watch out for when spending time in the sun and how you can avoid the possible dangers it presents; including this video which explains what UV rays are and the risks assossiated with them.

Remember to check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves. Call NHS 111 if you're worried about someone who is feeling unwell from the hot weather.