Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

The local NHS in West Lancashire is raising awareness of how to stay safe in the sun this Sun Awareness Week (9-15).

During the warmer weather it is important that people of all ages keep the following in mind to help protect themselves and their families by the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

  • Stay out of direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm (hottest part of the day). Always use a sunscreen with a high protection factor.
  • Use at least SPF15 sunscreen
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat outdoors.
  • never leaving anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

More than 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the UK, and while the disease can also occur on parts of the body not exposed to sunlight, extensive sun exposure is thought to be responsible for the vast majority of cases. In more than four out of five cases skin cancer is a preventable disease

A spokesperson for NHS West Lancashire CCG said: ‘’Sunburn doesn’t just happen when you’re on holiday. You can burn when you’re not expecting it, such as during a walk or sitting in your garden. Even if it’s cool or cloudy, it’s possible to burn. By being prepared for when the sun does eventually come out, you will enjoy the most of it.’’

For further guidance on how to look after yourself in hot weather visit www.nhs.uk