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DONT LET YOUR COMMONWEALTH GAMES FUN BE RUINED BY SUN BURN

July 23, 2014 10:40 AM

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As weather forecasters predict the blistering heat in Scotland will continue over the next few days, Glasgow and Clyde health experts are advising people to remember to take care in the sun particularly if they are attending Commonwealth Games events.  

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Public Health is urging people to take care in the sun while enjoying themselves at the Games.

She said:  “We want everyone who is in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games to thoroughly enjoy their time here.  As the weather forecast is for sunshine over the next few days, residents and visitors alike, should take a few simple precautions.

“Children are especially vulnerable and care should be taken to ensure they are covered up adequately.

“Babies, in particular, need to be covered up.  With both sun-creams and sun protection clothing designed for babies and children there is no need for children to be over-exposed to the sun.

“It should be a happy and enjoyable time but it can also be a time when you can put yourself at risk of serious harm by drinking too much alcohol, as alcohol and the sun are a dangerous combination.

“By following a few simple tips and drinking plenty of water everyone will have a great time.”

Simple rules to stay sun-burn free and hydrated:
• limit your time in the midday sun and use shade wisely; 
• wear protective clothing;
• a hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for your eyes, ears, face and the back of your neck;
• use a sun-cream with adequate protection for your skin type
• drink plenty of water to replenish the fluids lost in the heat.

ENDS


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

Pic:  Dr Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, NHSGGC

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