Richmond CCG is this week urging the public to stay safe in the sun and during the heatwave which is set to start today and continue for the rest of the week.

They have issued a number of safety precautions and advice to encourage everyone to take extra care over the period of hot weather. They are, in particular, encouraging residents in the Richmond area to keep a close eye on the most vulnerable, including young children and the elderly.

Richmond Residents are being urged to be particularly mindful of dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn.

There are several measures that can be taken to keep yourself and those around you safe from the sun, so everyone is able to enjoy it.

These include:

  • Making sure you keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoiding the sun between 11am-3pm. During these hours, it is recommended to stay in the shade.
  • Wearing protective sunscreen. Young children and babies are recommended to wear a high factor – ideally 50 and should be applied regularly.
  • Wearing hats and sunglasses
  • Wearing loose cotton clothing
  • Not leaving children or dogs in cars, which can become extremely hot during such weather conditions.

Richmond CCG are also offering specific advice to mothers with babies:

  • Attaching a sunshade or parasol to your buggy or pushchair can protect your child from direct sunlight and prevent sunburn.
  • If you are breastfeeding, it is not necessary to give your baby water as well, but you may find they want to feed a little more than usual.
  • If you are bottle-feeding, you can try feeding your baby cooled boiled water as a supplement.
  • Babies and small children are recommended to wear a wide brimmed hat that will offer protection to the head, ears and back of the neck.

More health information and advice on staying safe in the sun is available on NHS Choices. You can also pop in to your nearest pharmacy and ask your pharmacist for advice.