Now that Summer is FINALLY coming, a few pointers to keep you safe.

If winter is anything to go by, the western world is in for a pretty scorching summer. This means we’ll have lots of picnics, garden parties, barbecues and our alcohol consumption will go up by an untold amount.

However, you must be careful with the heat, because although it’s wonderful practically baking and the tan is always a welcome addition, the sun can be dangerous, especially to the very young or the very old.

Always carry a bottle of water with you while out and about. This will ensure that you don’t get dehydrated or overheat. I’ve seen older people keel over due to heat exhaustion than I care to count. They seem to think they are immune to the heat. It’s also a good idea to have a drink of water between alcoholic drinks too, as alcohol raises the bodies core temperature.

You should always slap on the sunscreen at every possible opportunity. Skin cancer kills, and the harmful rays from the sun cause cancer. SPF 50 may sound a little extreme, but if you don’t want to look like a cooked lobster, you need to apply regularly, even more so on children.  You’ll still get a tan, it will just be deeper as it takes longer to develop, and you won’t get sunburn.

Try and eat seasonal fruits and veggies. Nature is a wonderful thing, and the fruits of the earth deliberately come out at certain times of year and provide us with nutrients we need for each season. I know it makes me sound like a Vegan that hugs trees and philosophically debates on the ethics of eating a lettuce leaf, but it’s true, the earth provides everything we need for each season, so eating seasonal stuff not only makes your shopping cheaper, but you’ll also be getting a boost of essential vitamins and minerals.

If you insist of being a sun god or goddess, try and keep tabs on how my time you spend in the sun, you’re meant to enjoy the sun, not turn yourself into a walking strip of beef jerky! Looking like Madge off Benidorm (UK TV show) is not a good look, and too much exposure to the sun can dry your skin out to the point where it resembles a Doc Marten boot!

When drinking alcohol in the sun, be very careful with how much you’re taking in, it’s not a race to get paralytic, take your time, even water it down. We are meant to enjoy alcohol; not drink so much of it we’re sleeping in the street and vomiting in Doris at number 39’s prized rose bushes at 3am.

It should really be common sense; however, it always seems to take its leave when the sun comes out, and humans seem to think they are indestructible and immune to the sun and the affects it can have on us. So just be careful when enjoying the good weather.

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