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Keep cool during hot weather – health board advice

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Hywel Dda University Health Board is reminding people take care in the sun as forecasters predict very hot weather for the next few days.

Hot weather can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which is more serious, as well as the risk of sunburn.

Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health, said:

We know that the weather is forecast to be very hot over the next few days, and we want people to be careful that they don’t ruin their enjoyment of the sun by becoming unwell as a result of the outside temperatures. By taking some simple steps to protect themselves and others, everyone can enjoy the sunshine while staying safe and well.”

People planning to be outside while the weather is hot are advised to:
•         Use sunscreen or sun block to reduce the risk of sunburn
•         Cover up with loose fitting clothes
•         Wear a hat to protect the head and sunglasses to protect the eyes
•         Drink plenty of water
•         Avoid direct sunlight between 12pm and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)

It is a good idea to check on elderly relatives, friends or neighbours who may be more vulnerable to the effects of the heat.  It’s also important to take care with children – you should always make sure they are wearing a high factor suncream and stay in the shade as much as possible.

The usual symptoms of heat exhaustion – which can become heat stroke if left untreated – include a headache, high temperature, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and muscle cramps.

If you are concerned that you or someone else has these symptoms, you should contact your GP or NHS Direct Wales.

I would also urge people to visit the following Public Health Wales website page where they are able to access further information and guidance: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/888/page/43924 


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