BRADFORD’S Public Health team is reminding people to take care in the sun as the weather heats up.

The elderly, those with chronic illnesses, young children and babies can be at risk of being affected by the hot temperatures, so it is important to make sure that they are well protected by staying in the shade, using sun cream and drinking plenty of fluids.

Residents have been advised to keep their bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day when safe to do so.

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Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “People may currently be spending more time in their garden as we are staying at home much more and we want everyone to take care in the sun. Everyone can enjoy the sun safely by keeping out of the heat at the hottest time of the day, avoiding sunburn and staying hydrated with plenty of cool drinks. Older people and those with long-term illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the effects of very hot weather, so it’s important to give them a call and check on them and keep indoor areas as cool as possible.”

People can protect themselves by following the Sun Smart messages:

• Spend time in the shade between 11am to 3pm

• Make sure you never burn by taking sensible precautions

• Aim to cover up with a t-shirt, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (ideally wraparound)

• Remember to take extra care with children

• Then use a factor 15 plus sunscreen.