In hot weather, it is always wise to be aware of the dangers of too much sun.

Heatstroke is a potentially dangerous condition where a person’s temperature increases and the body is unable to cool itself, leading to overheating. This can be life-threatening, putting a drain on all of the body’s vital organs. It generally begins with heat exhaustion, the symptoms of which include cramps, nausea, intense thirst, increased heart rate, headache and tiredness.

People with these symptoms should try to lie down in a cool place, remove excess clothing, take in fluids and use damp towels or cloths to cool their skin.

Most people will begin to recover in around half an hour but if they don’t, or if their symptoms are severe, then medical help should be sought as soon as possible.

The best way of avoiding heatstroke and heat exhaustion is to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day between 11am and 3pm. If you do have to go outside, wear loose clothing and a hat along with sunscreen, try to stay in the shade as much as possible, avoid physical exertion and remember to stay hydrated.

Remember, it’s your life, your future, Your Health First.