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20/07/13 11:59

Weather advice

Keep safe in the sun.

Giving advice for keeping safe in the sun, Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“While I hope everyone is enjoying the unusually hot weather we’re experiencing at this time of year, it is important to take a few precautions to keep yourself, and those who may be vulnerable in this weather, safe.

“Young children, older people and those seriously ill are most at risk of developing health problems when the weather is very hot. Those with young children and elderly relatives should take extra care to make sure they have everything they need to stay safe in the sun, and it would be worth checking in on an elderly neighbour to make sure they are safe and well.

“It is important that people drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, protect their skin with SP factor 15 or above and take shade during the hottest parts of the day.

“We don’t often get such nice weather in Scotland and we all want to enjoy the summer while it lasts – so make sure you take care not to let the heat spoil yours.

“You can access a range of summer health advice on hayfever, dehydration and travel from NHS inform at www.nhsinform.co.uk or www.readyscotland.org.”