Staying protected in the sun
It is important to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of the sun. The sun is at it’s strongest between 11.00am and 3.00pm. The heat can affect anyone, but some people are at greater risk of serious harm. Remember to think of those who may be at more risk from the effects of heat. Listen to the weather forecast so you know if a heatwave is on the way.
Those at more risk of serious harm from the effects of heat include:
Older people, especially those over 75
Babies and young children
People with serious mental health problems
People on certain medication
People with a serious chronic condition, particularly breathing or heart problems
People who already have a high temperature from an infection
People who misuse alcohol or take illicit drugs
People with mobility problems
People who are physically active, like manual workers and athletes
A child under six months old should never be exposed to direct sunlight as they burn much faster than adults. Even in the shade they can be burned by reflected UV. Apply generously at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply regularly, especially if it is being rubbed off through swimming or exercise. Experts recommend using a sunscreen of factor 15 or higher to give the best balance between skin and protection cost.
Using a sunscreen with:
Factor 15: Only seven percent of the harmful rays will get through
Factor 30: Only four percent of the harmful rays will get through
Factor 60: Only two perfect of the harmful rays will get through
Written by one of our wonderful chiropractic assistants, Georgia Foster.