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Staying Safe in Summer

Time spent outdoors in the summer can provide a number of health benefits including raising Vitamin D levels which helps towards the protection against cancer and Osteoporosis.

It also lifts your mood and spirits, improves concentration and makes healing and recovery times quicker.

Older people in hotter climates can be tempted to stay indoors with air conditioning turned on, but if you follow some simple guidelines, spending time outside in the sun can be very beneficial to your health.

When temperatures rise it is important that you take precautions when out and about. It is easy to forget to cover up with sun screen and get sunburnt as well as dehydrated from not taking in enough liquids. People of all ages can be affected by too much sun and heat but it is essential that babies, young children and older people take care and follow the tips to keep sake in the sun.

*If you are not good at coping with high temperatures find shady areas with plenty of trees and plants so you can still enjoy the outdoors and fresh air, but without the intense heat.

*Whatever your age you should ensure you cover up with sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher and apply about 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Then it is extremely important that you continue to re-apply every 2 hours. Make sure you apply sunscreen to sensitive body parts such as ears, bald spots, hands, feet and lips.

*The best way to stay cool is to dress in loose-fitting clothes; some fabrics available offer UPV protection and are best used if you are intending spending a considerable amount of time out in the sun. The Skin Cancer Foundation advises wearing clothing with a UPF of at least 30, and there are ranges available from Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating from 15 – 50.

* Protect your head and face with a loose wide brimmed hat.

*The sun's rays can be particularly harmful to eyes so make sure you invest in sunglasses with 100% UV protection.

*Finally, one of the most important issues when out in the sun is to make sure you have access to plenty of liquids, in particular water. Never go far without water as you can quickly become dehydrated. It is also a good idea to eat lighter salads and fruit to help hydrate your body. Heavy salted foods can make dehydration worst.