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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group: Stay well at the remaining festivals this summer

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With summer festivals returning for the bank holiday weekend, the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) said it’s important that you look after yourself while you’re there.

BLMK CCG is encouraging people to use these simple tips to make sure you stay safe and make the most of your time there.

1. Water

While you’re out and about at a family funday or dancing all night at a music festival, dehydration is a possibility especially if drinking alcohol. This will leave you feeling thirsty, dizzy and tired.

You can easily combat these symptoms by drinking plenty of water and often, it will also give you more energy to play or party on! Keep a refillable water bottle on you to help keep yourself hydrated when on the go.

2. Heavy drinking

Festival are all about fun and many will be looking forward to enjoying a drink with friends. Drinking large amounts in a short period you can increase your risk of accidents, misjudging risky situations and losing self-control.

It’s best to drink slowly, with food and alternating alcoholic drinks with water or soft drinks. Drinking plenty of water whilst consuming alcohol will also prevent dehydration, which is what causes many symptoms of a hangover.

3. Sun safety

Don’t forget to take a hat, sunglasses and sun cream to keep you safe from the sun, and spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is strongest. Apply sun cream regularly and use at least SPF 15 however SPF 50 will give you the best protection.

But don’t be tempted to leave sun essentials behind if the weather’s looking glum – you can still damage unprotected skin even when it’s cloudy!

Staying safe in the sun and drinking plenty of water will also prevent you suffering from heat exhaustion, and in severe cases heat stroke, which can put a strain on your vital organs.

4. Hypothermia

Equally, those sunny days can turn into chilly nights, so don’t forget to pack extra layers to keep you warm when out at night. If you’re camping, keep your tent stocked with warm, dry clothing and blankets as your tent alone may not keep you protected from the cold.

Also, don’t forget to grab those wellies and a raincoat – we all know it has the habit of raining during festival weekends!

5. COVID-19

Although restrictions have been relaxed, Covid-19 is still around so it is important that you take precautions to protect yourself and others.

You can find a range of information on how to reduce your chances of catching COVID-19 at festivals this summer here.

6. Ear plugs

Listening to loud music for any length of time has the potential to damage your hearing, however wearing earplugs while listening to live music can reduce sound levels by between 15 and 35 decibels. They’re widely available at many live music events and should not spoil your enjoyment of the music. Alternatively, most pharmacies stock ear plugs too.

7. The Medical Centre/Aid Station

Find where the medical centre is before you are in a situation in which you need to go. The medical centre is usually centrally located and easily identifiable, however festival stewards will help point you in the right direction.

Remember to take enough of any prescription medication you may need, as the medical centre is unlikely to be able to supply your regular medication.

And finally…

Make sure you look out for your friends, make sure they’re following these tips and of course – have fun!

For more information about how to stay safe and healthy this summer, visit www.nhs.uk.

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John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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