Summer is a great time to splash in the sea, dine al fresco, go on long outdoor walks and relax in the sun, but as the mercury rises you must also try to stay as safe as possible. The warmer months can be dangerous for numerous reasons, so check out these 10 summer health tips for families and enjoy the sunny spell in style.
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- Don’t listen to music too loud
These days, many of us have personal sound systems, but if you fancy kicking back to some of your favourite tunes, try not to have the volume up too loud. Anything over 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss – which is not a lot considering many MP3 players can reach 110 decibels – so take precautions or you might need a hearing test from the likes of hiddenhearing.co.uk.
- Stay hydrated
If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day – particularly during a heat wave. As the human body is made up of approximately 60 per cent water, failing to stay hydrated can have serious health consequences that are not worth the risk.
- Wear sun cream
There are many ways to stay safe in the summer sun, but one of the best ways to stop your skin burning to a crisp is to apply sun cream regularly. You’ll find a wide range of products on the shelves, but make sure children wear a cream with a sun protection factor of 50+ to help keep them as safe as possible.
- Stay out of the sun during hottest parts of the day
Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or making the most of summer sun at home, be sure to stay inside or in the shade during the hottest parts of the day (usually between 11 and 3 when the sun is at its strongest). This will prevent all kinds of ailments from sunstroke to sunburn and should stop you from getting heat rash and other nasties.
- Cover up
Another way to protect both adults and children from the sun’s harmful rays is to wear light, loose clothes that cover your skin. Linen trousers and floaty cotton tops, for instance, are ideal and don’t forget to put on a bandanna or hat.
- Wear sunglasses
Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory – they can also prevent painful eye burns and stop ultraviolet light from damaging and straining the eyes. Wearing sunglasses is also thought to have other health benefits including slowing down macular degeneration and the development of cataracts.
- Cook BBQ meat thoroughly
What would summer be without a good old BBQ? There’s something wonderfully fun and quirky about eating outdoors, but always make sure burgers, sausages, chicken and other tasty treats are cooked properly to avoid food poisoning.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol
While many people enjoy a tipple now and again, try not to over consume during the summer months as alcohol can leave you tired and dehydrated. What’s more, it’s not a good idea to drink if you’re in charge of kids – especially if they’re swimming or running around – as alcohol can impair your ability to think straight and react if an accident should happen.
- Keep a close eye on kids in the sea
Even if your children are strong swimmers, don’t let them wonder off alone into the sea – or at least keep a very good eye on them. It only takes one strong wave to swipe them off their feet and the results could be disastrous.
- Be aware of hot sand
The beach is a popular place to be when it’s sunny, but you must be aware of hot sand. The temperature of sand can raise considerably in direct sunlight which can lead to scalds and burns on the bottom of your feet, so wear sandals/flip-flops and sit as close to the sea as possible where the sand tends to be wetter.
Summer is a great time of year but it’s essential to keep your family safe.