In the fifth hottest summer to date, hospitals have seen admittance rates rise dramatically. The number of people suffering from sunburn, sunstroke and heat exhaustion have stretched emergency departments to their limits, and the hot weather is expected to continue for the next few days. Doctors say excessive exposure to the sun and dehydration is to blame for the outbreak of illnesses. Fortunately, they’re completely preventable – with a little foresight and preparation, a day at the beach needn’t be cause for concern.
The best ways to stay safe in the sun include:
– Wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing.
– Drinking plenty of ice cold water.
– Wearing a large hat and sunglasses.
– Seeking shade where possible.
– Wearing sunscreen.
– Servicing your car's air con.
On especially hot days, beware of the signs of heat exhaustion. If you feel confused, weak, breathless, dizzy or notice a tightness in the chest, get to a cool place and replenish fluid levels immediately.
Staying indoors, if possible, during peak sunlight hours from 11:00 to 15:00 GMT.
Although many Britons welcome the warm weather, hot temperatures put some groups at risk, including the elderly, seriously ill and young children. If you’re travelling with someone who’s especially prone to heat-related illness, sometimes the usual safety measures aren’t enough to protect them. That’s where air con comes in – a functional unit in your car can ensure your friend or family member has a place to escape from the intense heat.
It’s a good idea to keep your air con unit maintained for their sake, along with your own. Very hot weather can affect everyone, no matter how healthy you are.
Regular checks of your car’s air con unit will ensure the system is performing well, giving you peace of mind before you set off for a day at the beach or head out on holiday. A serviced, recharged system will be able to keep your car’s interior cool even in extreme heat, making the journey more enjoyable for everyone.
Take your vehicle to ATS Euromaster, where fully trained experts will assess and recharge your air con unit while you wait.