Beat the heat: essential sun protection tips every outdoor worker should know

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With the rising temperatures, it’s crucial to prioritise your safety in the sun. While we all welcome vitamin D, it’s important to protect yourself from the harsh rays while you’re working on outdoor projects for hours at a time. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful reminders to make sure you stay safe in the sun. 

Ways to protect yourself in the sun

Wear appropriate clothing: cover your skin as best as you can and wear lightweight, breathable fabrics that provide UV protection. 

Apply suncream: use a high factor suncream on skin that’s not covered. Remember to top up every couple of hours but if you’ve been sweating a lot, you’ll want to do it more frequently. 

Look for shade: take breaks, find cool and shaded areas. Avoid the direct sun as best you can during the hottest parts of the day, which in the UK is typically between 11am and 3pm. 

Stay hydrated: take a few bottles of water with you so you remember to drink throughout the day. It’s important to sip on water to replace your fluids as the sun can cause the body to dehydrate. 

Take frequent breaks: if you’re feeling tired from the sun, take a break. Overexertion in hot weather can lead to heat-related illnesses which could put you out of action for longer than a quick break! 

Monitor your health: be aware of the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as feeling dizzy, sick, racing heartbeat, confusion or cramps. If you experience these symptoms, find shade, rest and drink plenty of water. 

Stay informed: check the weather forecast and stay updated on safety guidelines and recommendations provided by your employer or relevant authorities. 

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