NHS ‘top tips’ for families to stay safe as heatwave marks start of school holidays


England’s most senior nurse has today set out ways to stay safe during the hot weather, as millions of families kick off their long summer break.

Much of the country is set for a heatwave this week, with hot weather from France and Spain helping push temperatures to as high as 34 degrees celsius.

With thousands of people ending up in hospital each year as a result of heat and allergies, England’s chief nurse has called on the public to help prevent children and older people falling victim to the extreme heat. She advises people to use the NHS website for top tips on staying safe or telephone NHS 111 for fast free advice on how to get the right help if things do go wrong.

Try to avoid spending extended periods in the sun this week and also, be aware that vulnerable people are at increased risk of health issues.  Knowing how to keep cool during long periods of hot weather can help save lives. Click here for advice on how to cope in hot weather.

Just because it’s cloudy don’t be fooled as up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Be sure to apply at least a factor 30 sun cream and reapply when necessary. For more information on harmful uv rays go to: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/


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