Summer essentials | Oxfordshire County Council

Summer essentials

Staying safe at home and abroad.

These helpful summer checklists from our public health team and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service will help you and your family to stay safe.

Sun star

If you are in the sun it’s important to protect your skin and your children’s to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it offers UVA and UVB protection:

  • UVB rating of at least SPF 15
  • UVA rating of 4-5 stars

Remember – sunscreen shouldn’t be used as an excuse to stay in the sun, but can offer protection when sun exposure is unavoidable.

Trip tips

If you’re going abroad this summer prepare for your trip four to six weeks before you go. For up to date health advice for the country you're travelling, use National Travel Health Network and Centre's interactive world map.

You may need travel vaccines or, if diseases such as malaria are a risk, you may need to start protecting yourself well in advance. Visit the NHS web site to find out.

Make sure you also check the latest travel safety updates with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Wherever you’re going on holiday, prepare a kit of travel health essentials:

  • antiseptic
  • sunscreen
  • after sun lotion
  • insect repellent
  • antihistamines
  • anti-diarrhoea pills
  • first aid kit

If you’re travelling in the developing world, also take:

  • rehydration sachets
  • mosquito net
  • anti-malarial drugs
  • emergency medical supplies

Barbecue Pro

A British summer isn't complete without a barbecue. Before you start sizzling away take a look at the Fire and Rescue Service’s BBQ safety tips.


Spending time in the countryside is a great way to enjoy the sunshine. While you’re out and about, please take extra care to prevent fire from destroying our countryside.

Think twice

During sunny weather you may enjoy a lazy afternoon barbecue or drinks in a pub garden, where there may be a temptation to have ‘just one more’. But even a very small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive safely.

Encourage drivers to have a soft drink, or mocktail instead. Any drink recipe can be modified to be a mocktail by simply leaving the alcohol out.

Last reviewed
19 September 2017
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