Stay safe when the sun shines

2:35pm - 13 July 2021

Temperatures are soaring this weekend so do what you can to stay cool and enjoy the sun safely.

Public Health England has issued a heat-health warning for this weekend, urging people to take steps to keep cool and look our for more vulnerable people.

The Met Office confirmed this level two alert will stay in place until Tuesday.

So follow some top tips to help keep you cool in the heat and check-in with friends, family and neighbours who might be struggling.

When the rays are out:

  • stay well hydrated – drink plenty of fluids and take water with you if you need to travel
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm – that’s when UV rays are strongest. UV is particularly strong today
  • if you need to go out wear sunscreen, shades and walk in the shade – keeping two metres away from people you don’t live with
  • never leave anyone in a closed parked vehicle - especially babies, children and animals
  • keep your home cool
  • look out for signs of heatstroke – in yourself and others. Get the NHS advice on its website

Avon Fire and Rescue has also launched a water safety campaign, aimed at those who might be tempted to go for a wild water swim or dip.

The weather and location may be beautiful but hidden dangers may lurk below the water’s surface.

Even in the height of summer, waters in England remain cold enough to induce cold water shock.

Everyone who falls into cold water unexpectedly wants to follow the same instinct - swim hard and fight the water.

But chances are you’ll lose.

Instead, stay safe and ‘float to live’.

The weather and water conditions can change quickly and could cause currents below the surface.

If you need to call the emergency services, What3Words is the simplest way to talk about your location.

Every three-metre square of the world has been given a unique combination of three words which the emergency services use to find out exactly where you are.