What a summer we’ve had so far – and long may it continue.
With such amazing weather it’s natural to want to be outside to make the most of it, especially when you’ve got a beautiful country park like Ferry Meadows right on your doorstep.
But being outside in the sun does have its risks, including dehydration, overheating and heatstroke. So how can you enjoy the wonderful weather in safety? To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a Ferry Meadows hot weather survival guide.
Sun safety is as much about what you shouldn’t do, as what you should. So here are a few things to avoid:
The hottest part of the day
This falls between 11am and 3pm. Try to stay out of the sun at this time if at all possible.
Fields with no trees do not offer much protection from the sun, so they are best avoided when it’s very warm.
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes you to lose liquids. So coupled with the heat, it may result in you losing fluids twice as quickly.
Putting yourself in the right environment is an important aspect of staying safe in the sun.
Try to walk near plenty of trees, these offer natural shade should you get hot while you’re out.
Failing that, buildings like the Visitor Centre, Lakeside and Ferry Meadows Café all also offer protection from the sun.
Dogs, Babies and Children
Dogs can’t sweat nor take active measures to keep cool, so it’s important we look out for them. Find out more in our previous post about keeping your dog cool in hot weather.
Meanwhile, the skin of babies and young children is much more sensitive than ours. Extra care should be taken with them and children under six months should be kept out of direct sunlight.
Arming yourself with the correct equipment is key to achieve summertime safety.
A sun hat or cap will protect your neck and face from UV rays, as well as keeping the sun out of your eyes.
Wearing something on your head can raise your overall temperature, so try to use a hat that is lightweight and breathable.
Official guidelines from the NHS suggest using nothing lower than 15 SPF; however, it’s often best to go for something closer to 30.
Whichever strength of sun cream you opt for, make sure you apply it liberally. Also ensure that the cream has not expired – most have a shelf life of two to three years.
Materials such as light cotton, bamboo and linen are all lightweight and encourage air circulation, making them ideal for hot weather walking.
Dehydration can precipitate the other effects of overheating, so it’s vital to drink plenty. To ensure you’ve got a readily available source of water with you at all times, carry around a bottle of water.
Before you leave the house you could put a few ice cubes in your bottle. As these melt, your water will remain nice and cold.
If you run out of water, bring your bottle along to Lakeside or Ferry Meadows Café and we’ll gladly fill it up with tap water. Of course, if you want to stay and wait until the thermometer has dropped a bit that’s cool with us too!