Stay Safe While the Sun is Out

Summer is in full swing and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the sun will make another appearance over the weekend!

Whether you’ll be soaking up the rays at home this August or heading further afield, here are our top tips for staying safe in the sun.

There aren’t many better ways to get in the summer spirit than sizzling sausages on the BBQ, but what should you do if you burn yourself?

  1. Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.
  2. After the burn has been cooled, keep the area clean by covering it with cling film or a clean plastic bag to prevent infection.
  3. Call 999 if the burn is more serious.

No water? Don’t worry! You can use any cold harmless liquid like orange juice – or even a cold beer – to cool the burn as quickly as possible.

To avoid sun burn, make sure you generously reapply a high factor sun cream regularly and try to stay out of the sun in the middle of the day.But we know it can be hard to remember when you’re out and about – and if there’s a cool breeze or you’ve been swimming, it’s also easy to underestimate the strength of the sun.
So if you do get burnt here’s what to do:

  1. Move into the shade.
  2. Cool the affected skin by dabbing with cold water.
  3. Apply after sun lotion to soothe the area.
  4. See your doctor if the burn blisters.

Download our first aid app for even more information and tips.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer!