Enjoy the sun but be careful, warns hospital

Kids cooling off in Fountain at The Hub
Kids cooling off in Fountain at The Hub

MILTON Keynes Hospital is advising people to take extra care during the recent improvement in the weather.

Temperatures have spiked in the last seven days, but it is important to remember to make sure you’re fully prepared for the potential dangers of taking in too much sun.

A spokesperson for Milton Keynes Hospital said: “Summer has finally arrived and most of us welcome the better weather.

“However, it is important to realise that too much heat and too much sun can be damaging to our health.

“Hot weather can be especially dangerous for babies and young children, older people and those with breathing or heart problems.”

Please stay safe in the heat by following this advice:

> Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.

> Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.

> Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

> Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

> Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.

> Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.

> Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

> Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

> Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.

> Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.