Summer is a time for sun, barbeques and outdoor activities; but just like every season, it comes with its own precautions. Not all danger is visible, some, like COVID-19, are invisible hazards, so it’s important to understand how best to avoid them and reduce the risk of injury and illness. Before you head to the beaches, parks, parties, or even your back garden, here are some top tips to help keep you and your family safe during Summer.
A holiday abroad might not be on the cards for the majority of us this year, so we’ll just have to settle for the English weather – but sometimes this does mean sun! It doesn’t need to be tropical temperatures for the sun to do us harm, so don’t let it catch you out.
It’s not a secret that the sun can do a lot of damage to our skin if we are exposed to too much of it, but many people still don’t take this fact seriously enough. The sun’s heat, light and ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer, eye damage, sunstroke and immune system suppression – in people of any age, any gender and any skin colour.
If you come across a new mole, it could be a sign of melanoma (a type of skin cancer). Read our blog post on the importance of checking your moles for more information on the topic.
The best ways to keep safe in the sun are to:
On summer days, many of us head to beaches, pools or open water lakes for picnics, swimming and watersports. But whether it be with a big group of friends, your family or just you and your children, it’s important to always be on the ball and wary in and around water.
Drowning is among the leading cause of accidental death in the UK, with around 400 accidents each year – many of these being young children and teenagers. The conditions of water sites change constantly, and people often get put into unwanted circumstances due to uncontrollable situations, such as waves and tides that drag people out to deeper depths.
Always follow The Water Safety Code:
We all love a barbecue or garden party with our friends and family, but every year they are responsible for numerous counts of serious property damage and injury. It should be a safe and fun experience, but people can become easily distracted or drink a bit too much alcohol, both of which increases the risk of danger significantly.
Follow these simple precautions to ensure you and your loved ones safety:
Spending more time outside in the warmer weather means you are going to come into contact with more bugs. Unfortunately, some bugs do sting or bite, and some of us more than others – but the good news is you can reduce the likelihood of this occurring.
As much as we wish it wasn’t, coronavirus is still a risk posed when we head out into the world, even on sunny days. We encourage you to go outside, as it is great for your physical and mental health, but it is important to keep in mind how the virus can be transmitted and follow the government’s guidance on how to stay safe.
If you are heading out into public, make sure that you choose a place or time that will be the least crowded, and take measures to ensure you stay safe. Here is a reminder of the tips set by healthcare professionals and recommended by the government:
Read our related blog on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus.
Most importantly, if you or any of your household members begins to show symptoms of the coronavirus, you must all self-isolate for 14 days to make sure you do not pass this on to others. We are offering at home COVID-19 tests, as well as coronavirus antibody tests to see if you have had coronavirus in the past.