Staying Safe in the Sun

Posted on Friday, July 15, 2022

With weather warnings hitting the headlines today, we want to share our tips for staying safe while working at festivals and events.

  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water; the NHS recommends drinking 1.2 litres of water per day (six to eight glasses), but this increases when the temperature does.
  • Avoid dehydrating liquids such as alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks (sorry to any caffeine addicts out there!)
  • Wear protective loose clothing. We all know what the British public are like as it hits 20C, suns out gun out, but it’s actually a good idea to cover up. Any exposed skin is liable to burn. We recommend wearing lightweight, light-coloured, and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Don’t overexert yourself. Pace yourself. Slow down and work at an even pace. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat.
  • Cool down. Use a damp towel or bandana to wipe your face or place around your neck. Put your wrists under cold water to cool down.
  • Slather on your factor 50. You’re going to need a high factor next week, factor 15 just won’t cut it unfortunately. Try to avoid getting sunburn as it makes sleeping uncomfortable and feels stingy.
  • Bring a hat. Wide-brimmed hats such as cowboy hats are ideal and look pretty cool!
  • Look after yourself and keep any eye on others. Be alert to signs of heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, sunburn, and heatstroke. Know what to look for and check on other workers that might be at high risk. Educate yourself using the NHS website.
  • Avoid direct sun where possible. Find shade or block out the sun with an umbrella.
  • As always, if someone looks unwell, seek medical assistance immediately.

Shout-out to everyone working at Beat-Herder, Standon Calling and Latitude Festival next week, stay safe!

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Thank you... and thank you for this year. At a residents meeting in Remenham last week with all the promoters in the area, Rewind, Swim, Regatta, Copas and Festival the residents complained about everyone except they said the Festival traffic was perfect and should be an example to all the others. So well done!

John Harris
Henley Festival