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9 July 2010, 15:08
The East of England Ambulance Service is reminding people that simple steps can be taken to avoid suffering in the sun
The most vulnerable in hot weather are the very young, older people or those with existing chronic or long-term medical conditions. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse and of course cause sunburn. In extreme cases, excess heat can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal.
Associate director of emergency operations Neil Storey said: "Our ambulance crews can be very busy at this time of the year, attending calls from people who might have overdone it in the heat. The warmer weather is something we all take advantage of, and by following just a few simple precautions, people can enjoy the sun safely."
People should ensure they have enough medication, and take the necessary precautions to prevent the effects of heat exposure. There are some simple tips which everyone can follow to ensure you make the best of the weather:
* Wear a hat
* Take particular care when the sun is at its hottest between 11am and 3pm
* Wear plenty of high-factor sun cream and don’t forgot to top up regularly, and replenish after swimming.
* Use insect repellent if you are prone to bites
* If planning a barbecue, take all the usual precautions, ensure food is cooked thoroughly and protect yourself and others from flames.
Associate director of clinical services Nick Morton added: “People with serious health problems (for example heart conditions) should avoid going outside if possible. And of course stick to shady areas when outdoors, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. This means you can enjoy the good weather without compromising your health, which is the most important thing to consider in such high temperatures.”
Further information can be found on the NHS Direct and NHS choices websites