How to be Safe in the Sun when Working Outside
Coping with a Scorching Spell of Hot Weather in the UK
With Britain about to bake in a scorching spell of hot weather that could send temperatures soaring into the high 20’C’s over the Bank Holiday weekend and into early June, we thought that today we would write about something completely different to telecoms – How to stay safe in the Sun!
Whether you’re enjoying the sun in the Jacuzzi, playing in the park with your children or simply divulging in the pleasure of working from a mobile device in the great outdoors you’ll definitely need to make sure that you are protecting your skin and the skin of those around you. It’s not very often we get weather like this in the UK so the majority of us are just simply unprepared for such event. We all forget to use sunscreen and end up with sunburn or even worse, sun-stroke!
A plume of roasting air from Europe is forecast to lift thermometers to their highest levels yet this year and threatens to smash records. A surge of heat from the continent could push temperatures above 30C in southern England at the weekend, challenging the all-time May Bank Holiday record of 32.8C. We are most certainly on a plan to beat the hottest day of 2018 so far which was recorded on the 19th April at a temperature of 29.1C.
So how do we stay safe in the sun?
The simplest things we can do to stay safe in the glorious sunshine is to use a good brand of sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection of a decent factor, preferably, over factor 30. There are also other important things to consider of which the most important are below.
We don’t feel the burning!
Even though the sun is going to be scorching hot this weekend it still, however, carries out many important cool tasks. It keeps us warm, It keeps us alive by making flowers, as well as other plants, grow and, it gives us essential vitamin D so we that we can all absorb calcium a lot better into our bodies for stronger bones. It does all of these things by sending down a special light, which includes invisible ultraviolet rays. Most of us know these by the name UV rays. That awful burning sensation we feel when we’ve been in the sun too long is the results of overexposure to these type of rays. Ouch!
Sunburns look bad and feel worse. A high level of sunburn can cause your skin to blister and keeps you inside feeling sore when everyone else is outside having fun in the sun. It increases your chance of getting wrinkly when you are older and worst of all is the biggest cause of skin cancer. Because getting wrinkles, skin cancer and getting sick don’t happen right away, they can seem like things that could never happen to you. It is absolutely essential that you are very careful around the sun.
Prime Time in the Sun
As with telecommunications cabling, welding, fires etc. there is always a point in time where these events are at the most intense and dangerous. It is the same with the sun. You don’t need to hide from the sun completely however you should take precautions by always wearing sunscreen, taking breaks from the sun and, remaining out of the sun at it’s strongest which is usually between 10am in the morning and 4pm in the afternoon with 12 – 2pm being the most dangerous.
I’ll say it again, it is imperative to use a sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30 or higher. Put it on – and put it on 20 minutes before going into the sun so that the protection can activate. SPF means Sun Protection Factor so the higher the number the more protected you are. The rating tells you how much longer you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. However, with some cheaper brands, this isn’t always true so make sure to chose a reputable brand and just to be on the safe side re-apply it after every 2 hours. Even more when you’ve been in a swimming pool as even water resistant brands protection weakens after exposure to water.
Drink Up in the Sun
At Telephone Europe we ensure that all of our staff members have a constant supply of chilled water. Drinking water is an important part of staying healthy and even more so when it’s hot outside. When you’re sweating, you lose water that your body needs to work properly and if you’re sitting in the sun whilst working you will lose even more water because your concentration makes you sweat that much more.
So make sure you drink up and don’t wait until you’re thirsty as drinking before you’re thirsty helps keep the water levels up in your body and helps prevent burning as well as dehydration. Without sufficient water, on a hot day, it’s very easy to get heat exhaustion. This is when your body can’t cool it’s self-quick enough, so when it’s hot outside it’s even harder. So if you’re in a hot office or outside in the sunshine and start to feel tired, overheated or weak then make sure you drink plenty of rehydrating fluids such as water and isotonic drinks.
The good news is that the sun helps us feel happier, makes the work day go quicker and when following our guidelines by wearing sunscreen, drinking water and taking breaks when you start to feel too hot, it really isn’t your enemy. Don’t forget your sunglasses as not only do they help protect your eyes from the sun, they make you look cool!