After the dark and dreary days of winter and the changeable weather that spring often brings, the summer is (usually!) a time to get outside and make the most of the best that the UK has to offer.
Whether you’re heading down to an idyllic beach in Cornwall, off to a nearby beauty spot in the Lake District for a picnic, or taking part in an adrenaline-fuelled activity, warmer temperatures make everything more enjoyable.
To ensure you can make the most of this period, it’s worth having an understanding of the potential risks you could be exposed to.
We’ve pulled together a few tips so you can keep the fun flowing this summer and avoid any unwanted accidents or issues.
When the temperature cranks up several degrees, drinking water becomes more important than ever.
Our bodies are around 60% water and we tend to lose more of those fluids during the summer months through increased sweating. Therefore, it’s important to stay hydrated.
Drinking water also has a range of health benefits, so it’s a good habit to be in all year round.
Sunscreen is essential to stop your skin from suffering damage when exposed to harmful UV rays during the summer. However, personal protection goes far beyond that.
The warmer weather will no doubt make you want to get outside, with long walks and bike rides the activities of choice for anyone from individuals to big families.
If you choose to go for a cycle and your route takes you along the road, make sure everyone is kitted out with the appropriate safety gear. That way, less damage is likely to be done if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident and it’s not your fault.
Stay in the shade
We all aim to make as much of the sun as we can when it finally graces these shores, but excessive exposure to direct sunlight can be dangerous. Try to stick to the shade between 11am and 3pm, which is when the sun is at its hottest.
If you’re unable to take cover under a parasol during those times, keep a hat handy. This will help you stay cool and stop you from overheating.
Watch for signs of heat exhaustion
Should you start to experience symptoms like a headache, dizziness or fast breathing, you could be suffering from heat exhaustion.
You must do what you can to cool down quickly, otherwise it could turn into heatstroke and that would need to be treated as an emergency.
Familiarise yourself with the signs so you can act quickly.