It feels like summer is almost here, and with all the outdoor events and fun it’s important to stay safe in the sun. Although the sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D it is important not to go outside into the sun without adequate protection.
The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so be extra careful during these times. It is also important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated when it is really warm – ensure that babies, young children and the elderly are well hydrated and that rooms are well ventilated.
There are plenty of options to protect yourself from the sun including sun glasses and sun creams, even an umbrella can help. NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group encourages people to visit www.nhs.uk for up-to-date information about sun protection. On a sunny day, it's vital to protect your eyes against the sun. The College of Optometrists recommends buying good quality, dark sunglasses, with the 'CE' mark on them which ensures that the sunglasses offer a safe level of ultraviolet protection.
Dr Patrick Brooke, Chief Officer at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“We urge patients to take appropriate action to ensure they are protected during sunny periods. NHS Choices online has a wealth of information about protecting the skin and where possible not exposing when the sun is strongest. This is important to reduce skin damage and reduce some cancers.”