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Don’t let the sun catch you out this summer

With temperatures peaking this week, and amber weather warnings being issued, it is important that you know how to take care of your health and others’ in the sun.

Babies, young children and the elderly are more at risk of health complications due to the heat, so it is essential that you keep yourself and your loved ones hydrated.

Extended exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer, so it is important to wear sunscreen which is factor 30 or more if you plan on soaking up the rays. It is also important to protect your eyes, and prevent headaches from squinting by wearing sunglasses, and to wear a hat to help reduce heat exhaustion.

If you’re planning to stay indoors, using shades or reflective materials on the windows can help regulate room temperature. Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, said: “Hot weather can be uncomfortable for most people, but for some it can pose a serious risk to their health. By staying in the shade from 11am-3pm, drinking plenty of water and wearing loose, cool clothing, the effects of heat exhaustion can be avoided.

“If you decide to go out in the sunshine, remember to wear sunscreen to protect your skin, sunglasses to protect your eyes and to stay in the shade as much as possible.

“If you do find yourself getting a heat-related illness, and may need urgent medical help, think 111 first. Patients can either go online at or call 111; it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Advisers will be able to direct patients to the most appropriate service, including walk-in or urgent care centres, or can book a timeslot at A&E if necessary.”

More advice on taking care of your health during warm weather can be found on the NHS website:

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