Beat the Heat

Think Beat The Heat!
Stay Safe in Hot Weather

We hope that everyone is enjoying the lovely sun, however, during the heatwave it's very important to think about sun safety,

Public Health England have given some advice we hope everyone will share with as many people as possible:-

the link above gives us lots of useful information including an advice leaflet, guidance for teachers and professionals and also includes information on the risks to childrenโ€™s health from heat along with actions that can be taken to protect children during hot weather.

Take a look and stay safe this Summer.


Top tips for Keeping Children Safe in the Sun

  • All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun
  • Keep babies under six months out of direct sunlight, especially between 11.00am and 3.00pm when the sun is at its strongest
  • Use shade: Keep babies in complete shade, e.g. under trees, umbrellas or indoors.
  • Cover them up: Children should wear cotton clothing that is baggy, close-weave, cool and covers the neck and shoulders.
  • Use dry clothing: Wet clothing stretches and can lose up to half of its UV protection.
  • Drinks: During hot weather babies and young children will get very thirsty, so give them extra fluids.
  • Find hats they like: Encourage children to war hats with brims, especially if they are not wearing sunglasses.
  • Use sunscreen wisely: Apply factor 15+ sunscreen 15-30 minutes before children go outdoors.  Then reapply generously once outside to be sure of good coverage about every 2 hours.
  • Remember sunscreen washes off: Always use waterproof sunscreen (factor 15+) when children are playing outdoors with water.  Reapply after drying off.

(Sunsmart 2005)