Too hot to touch – 14 people treated as the heat takes its toll

The HSE has confirmed that 14 people were treated for heat-related illnesses during the last heatwave in July.

The spokesman said that between July 15 and July 18, “no significant increase in calls to the National Ambulance Service … 14 calls with heat-related symptoms were sighted.”

Whilst temperatures are set to fall back to more normal levels after last week’s heatwave, the HSE’s National Cancer Control Program and Healthy Ireland are still reminders of the importance of being ‘SunSmart’. Both groups said people need to protect their skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland with almost 13,000 cases diagnosed each year.

The number of people being diagnosed with skin cancer in Ireland is increasing rapidly, with the number of cases expected to double by 2045.

The higher the UV index, the higher the risk of skin and eye damage.

When the UV Index is 3 or more, people should protect their skin and eyes by following Healthy Ireland’s ‘SunSmart Five S’ which read: ‘Pull on clothing that covers your skin, such as B. Long-sleeved t-shirts with a collar.

“Apply sunscreen to sun-exposed areas and use an SPF of at least 30+ for adults and 50+ for children that has high UVA protection and is waterproof. Reapply regularly. Sunscreen cannot provide 100% protection, it should be used in conjunction with other protective measures such as clothing and shade

“Put on a wide-brimmed hat.

“Look for shadows, e.g. B. Sit under the shelter of trees to avoid direct sunlight, especially between 11am and 3pm.

“Use a parasol on your buggy or stroller. Keep babies and children out of direct sunlight.

“Put on sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes.”

The HSE and Healthy Ireland sector is urging people to never “deliberately try to tan”, avoid sunburn and never use a tanning bed.

dr Public Health Medicine Specialist Katharine Harkin urged people to make SunSmart a part of their daily routine. Too hot to touch – 14 people treated as the heat takes its toll

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