Potential burn hazards: Radiation from the sun

Burns can vary in severity from a simple minor burn which makes your skin a little red and can be as minor as a small trip injury, to third degree burns. But, one of the most harmful types of burn is one that you don’t even need to do anything to get. Getting sunburn is so much more serious than a slip, trip or fall.

Whether you tan easily or you only burn, the sun is harming your skin if not protected properly. This is due to the UV rays full of radiation which are being absorbed into your pores.

How do I avoid being harmed by the sun’s radiation rays?

There are plenty of things you can do to avoid radiation and sun burn. If you want to sit outside then make sure you are in the shade and whilst walking around wear plenty of sun tan lotion and apply it frequently. Also, make sure your head and shoulders are covered as these are often one of the easiest places to burn.

What to do if you get sunburnt, and why a slip, trip or fall would really hurt

The most important thing if you do get sunburnt is to stay hydrated. Burns of any type can cause dehydration so make sure you keep drinking water as you don’t want to become severely dehydrated and add a trip injury to your pain. Also, makes sure you are constantly applying after sun or soothing lotion to the burn to help remove the heat and prevent it from becoming too sore. During this time, avoid wearing tight clothing as this will only aggravate the burns and make sure you don’t have hot baths or showers as this will make the burns worse. Also be careful out in the sun whilst you have the burns as they could get even worse if exposed to the sun’s rays.  You may also want to be careful when walking around as you would not want to slip, trip or fall and scrape your burned skin.

Although sun burn is not usually someone else’s fault, if you do have an accident or have had one that wasn’t your fault, whether it is a slip, trip or fall or any other accident, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more via their free helpline on 0800 689 0500.

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