As Falmouth prepares for a weekend of festivities to celebrate Armed Forces Day, Cornwall’s public health team is reminding visitors to protect themselves from the sun’s rays.
The event promises a full day of activities, including a military parade, thrilling aerial displays featuring the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, an exhibition in the military village, and the opportunity to explore HMS Richmond.
With a favourable weather forecast, including blue skies, warm temperatures, and a gentle breeze, Dr Ruth Goldstein, Deputy Director of Public Health at Cornwall Council, urges everyone to take precautions in the sunshine.
“As we approach the longest day of the year, the sun’s rays are at their strongest and can cause sunburn if proper protection is not taken,” Dr Goldstein advises. “Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and remember to reapply throughout the day. Wearing a hat, loose clothing, and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water are also essential.”
Dr Goldstein emphasises the importance of safeguarding oneself and loved ones during the festivities, ensuring a memorable and safe weekend for all.
For additional guidance on staying safe during the summer season, please visit our Stay Safe this Summer webpage.
Councillor Louis Gardner, who has dedicated much of the past year to organizing this weekend’s events, encourages visitors to follow the public health advice and take necessary precautions while enjoying the picture-perfect weather.
“The weather forecast is ideal, and we anticipate more than 100,000 visitors in Falmouth to relish this unique and spectacular event,” says Cllr Gardner. “Please heed the public health guidance and ensure you protect yourself from the sun.”
As well as staying safe in the sun, it is vital that residents and visitors who need health care over the weekend choose the right services, so they get the right care they need. Remember:
- If you are out and about, pack sun cream and a small first-aid kit stocked with things like paracetamol and aspirin, plasters, antiseptic cream
- Your local pharmacy can help with everything from allergies and bites and stings to emergency contraception. Find your nearest open pharmacy
- Visit a minor injury unit for conditions like broken bones and cuts that need stitches. Your nearest MIU might not always be the quickest, so know before you go and check live opening and waiting times
- If you think you need urgent care, visit NHS 111 online or call 111
- If an illness or injury is life-threatening, always call 999
For more advice on choosing services wisely, visit NHS Cornwall’s Help Us Help You webpage.