Outdoor Safety

The weather in England is usually mild, but you need to take extra care in rain, sun, and freezing temperatures.
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When heading out and about there are things that you should be aware of, and steps that you can take to help keep yourself safe.

Being aware of floods

Some parts of Oxfordshire flood in wet weather. This causes inconvenience and damage, but can also be dangerous:

  • Unexpected floods or currents can knock you off your feet or bicycle
  • Floods hide the edges of waterways, so you can accidentally enter deep water or stray off paths.
  • Flood water is dirty and murky, covering obstacles and dangers like storm drains

Take Action: Learn about river and waterway safety.

Freezing weather

Sometimes ice forms on canals, rivers and lakes. But this is not thick enough to walk across. Don’t risk falling in, stay away from the edge of the ice.

If someone falls in:

  • Don’t follow them onto the ice
  • Call emergency services (999)
  • Only help from land.

If you walk a dog, make sure to keep it on a lead so they don’t stray onto the ice.

Snow and ice can bring hazards of slides and slips. Take extra care when you’re walking and wear grippy shoes.  If you bike or drive, move slowly and allow extra time for braking.

Crucial: Cold and wet? You may feel fine, but still need to get warm and dry as soon as possible, especially if you are ill, hungry, thirsty, tired, or have been drinking or taking drugs. Hypothermia is extremely dangerous.

Be Sun Smart

Sunburn damages your skin and can lead to cancer, even when you’re young. Take care now to protect yourself from the sun.

  • Use sunscreen and reapply often
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Cover up with long sleeves and a hat
  • Try to avoid the sun from 11am-3pm - seek shade to protect yourself

Crucial: If you’re travelling abroad the UV index could be higher. Take extra care to avoid too much sun exposure.

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